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Black Pioneers of Washington County with Brent Peterson

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST

WCHS Executive Director Brent Peterson will be presenting stories about Black pioneers in the St. Croix Valley and the early trails that they blazed in a multitude of social and entrepreneurial arenas. Among these stories is a man named Charles Jackson, a newly freed slave turned businessman who followed the Minnesota Regiment to Stillwater after the Civil War concluded. Jackson began his career at the Sawyer House and eventually opened his own barbershop on Main Street. Another man who followed the Regiment to Minnesota was Jim Carter, who became a custodian and one of Stillwater’s most beloved residents. When Jim passed away, his funeral was the most well attended service anyone in town had ever seen. Caroline Lindsey was another early notable citizen. She and her sisters were artists who displayed their pieces at the Louisville Fair in 1897. Caroline was Stillwater High School’s first Black graduate, finishing her studies in 1898. 

In-person attendees:
1862 Greeley Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082

Virtual attendees:
Link to WCHS YouTube page

Caroline Lindsey pictured with her high school graduating class

Charles Jackson

Jim Carter (center) with Union soldiers


February 22
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST
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Washington County Heritage Center
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Washington County Heritage Center
1862 South Greeley St
Stillwater, MN 55082 United States
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