By Hal Huggins
North Minneapolis is the area most often identified as Minneapolis’ Black neighborhood (though, in fact, it’s quite heterogeneous). On September 12, 2020, Ride4Reparations toured the area as part two of our three part introduction to sites of interest in the Twin Cities’ Black community.
We congregated in the parking lot of UROC on Plymouth Avenue. (That acronym can’t be a coincidence!) It’s a part of the University of Minnesota.
Our first stop was the Sumner-Glenwood neighborhood, where public housing had once stood. It is now a mix of subsidized and market rate housing, a healthier community than the previous iteration. The new name is Heritage Park.
We made stops at the original location of the Urban League and its current location, both on Plymouth Avenue.
At the intersection of Plymouth and Penn Avenues, there were several points of interest, including NorthPoint Health and Wellness, which succeeded Pilot City, a multi-service agency. Estes Funeral Home is also on that corner. It is a long standing Black business. The last stop was at the Homewood Art studio, two blocks from Penn and Plymouth.
There were 10 people in our group. Included in that number were two members of the Minneapolis City council, Jeremy Schroeder, who represents my ward, ward 11, and Jeremiah Ellison, council member for the area where we were, the 5th ward. Our guide was Louie Moore, president of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Minnesota, a Black cycling club.
We are Ride4Reparations and all participants pledged to make a donation/reparation to one of our local recipient partners.