MSR building now a historic Minnesota landmark

(In the video above, see footage of the council’s vote for a landmark designation, Council Member Glidden’s remarks, and reflections by MSR Publisher and CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard).

On Friday, November 20, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) building at 3744 4th Avenue in South Minneapolis was designated as a historic landmark in the state of Minnesota by the Minneapolis City Council.

MSR Publisher and CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard (l) and Council Member Elizabeth Glidden
MSR Publisher and CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard (l) and Council Member Elizabeth Glidden

The council’s vice president, Elizabeth Glidden, offered special remarks prior to the vote, recognizing the MSR’s 81-year legacy and present-day service to the African American community.

“It seems especially meaningful to me that we’re recognizing the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. It is, of course, no secret that Minnesota and Minneapolis are the subject of international news right now… We have protests that are happening every day talking about justice for a young Black man — Jamar Clark — who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer. Our city has asked for independent investigations, and those are ongoing, but there are broader issues that the community is talking about — issues of institutional racism.

“The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has been in the center of that news, reporting on that news, and I just want to say I appreciate you and your connection to the community, and I hope you’re in business for many years more,” said Glidden.

You can view the entire Minneapolis City Council meeting here.