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Community Engaged Preservation: Exploring Race, History, and Public Life

At first glance, 4600 Columbus Avenue South in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood doesn't look too special. But in 1931, the house was the site of one of South Minneapolis' largest racial showdowns. When Arthur and Edith Lee, an African-American couple, bought the house in what was then considered a white neighborhood, their neighbors mobbed the house to intimidate them out. A number of groups and individuals stepped up to defend them, including postal service workers, WWI veterans, the NAACP, and attorney Lena Olive Smith. In fall 2012, professor Greg Donofrio challenged his class Introduction to Historic Preservation class to consider "why is the site of an event that happened 80 years ago of interest to a neighborhood today? Why…

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