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Food for Thought with Jonathan Palmer

Fri January 12, 2024 at 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Rondo and Reparations: The Black and Jewish Communities’ Histories in our Neighborhood

At Mount Zion and via Zoom.

The neighborhoods north and south of Rondo Avenue, extending south into today’s Summit-University neighborhood and north to University Avenue, were always diverse including many Jewish families. By the 1950s about 85 percent of Saint Paul’s African-American population lived in the neighborhoods. Most of the original Rondo Avenue and much of the historic Rondo neighborhood were destroyed when Interstate 94 was built in 1956. More than 600 African American families lost their homes. Numerous businesses and institutions were also lost. Reflecting on this loss, St. Paul set up the St. Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission on January 4, 2023.

A native of the Washington D.C. Metro area, Jonathan Palmer was born into a family committed to public service and politics. Jonathan’s long biography of service, writings, and awards includes most recently serving as Executive Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center for the past fifteen years.

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