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Human Toll: A Public History of 35W Opens at the Hennepin History Museum

Human Toll: A Public History of 35W Opens at the Hennepin History Museum

Provided by Hennepin History Museum A new exhibit at Hennepin History Museum (HHM) explores community resistance and resilience, and illustrates how freeway construction destroyed and divided Black communities across the United States, amplifying the effects of systemic racism still felt today. With photographs, maps, oral histories, and archival documents, HUMAN TOLL: A Public History of 35W foregrounds the experiences of Black residents of South Minneapolis by exploring stories about displacement, housing discrimination, neighborhood division and environmental justice. Hennepin History Museum HUMAN TOLL was researched and developed over a period of two years by a diverse team of South Minneapolis community members and advisers, working in collaboration with students and faculty of the University of Minnesota Heritage Studies and Public History program. The exhibit runs through October 1, 2022. Located at 2303 Third Ave South, Minneapolis, Hennepin History Museum is accessible from the MTC’s #11 High Frequency Route. Free parking at the museum and on Third Ave. Visiting requires use of stairs. Free Admission to the Hennepin History Museum through December 2021. www.hennepinhistory.org

Bridge Fest

Bridge Fest

By CARZ NELSON Bridge Fest: Celebrating the New 24th Street Foot Bridge Musicians on the bridge Strolling on the bridgeHanging out on the bridgeTrying out the new bridgePhotographer tests the view, with a photograph of the old view to his right hanging on the new fence. The New Viewphotographs by Carz Nelson On August 19, MNDot had a party to celebrate the new 24th Street pedestrian bridge over 35W. The old bridge was removed for the 35W upgrade, which was recently completed. People in the neighborhood were significantly inconvenienced when the bridge was removed. Pedestrians faced a four-block detour to cross 35W at Franklin Avenue or 26th Street. The completion of the new bridge was an occasion to celebrate. Turns out, MNDot knows how to throw a good party. There were artists, performers, and musicians to entertain the crowd gathered on the bridge. Free ice cream was the perfect treat for a summer evening. The old bridge was popular with local photographers because it arced high in the air and provided an excellent view of the downtown skyline. The new bridge is closer to street grade. There was some concern that the new view might not make as good pictures. Many photographers showed up for Bridgefest to try out the new angle for themselves. They discovered that the new bridge is a fine place to shoot pictures of the downtown skyline after all. The celebration spilled off the bridge and into the neighborhoods as groups like Open Eye Theater and Hennepin County Historical Society featured entertainment and activities. Bridgefest recognized not only the new bridge, but also the rejoining of two neighborhoods.

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