Marth 16, 1922 — January 22, 2017 Marion Mildred Majors McElroy passed away on January 22, 2017. Marion was born to Andrew and Ruth Majors on March 16, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN. She was a trailblazer and her accomplishments are many. In 1940, as an employee of Strutwear Knitting Company, she became the first African American woman to operate the power seaming … [Read more...]
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In response to “Gentrification plans of MPHA and Sherman Associates,” MSR, January 19 issue A letter published in a recent issue of the Spokesman-Recorder discussed gentrification in the Twin Cities, as well as the writers’ concerns about possible changes at the Glendale Townhomes owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. Given MPHA’s mission to provide housing for … [Read more...]
February 27, 1946 — December 24, 2016 Lynda D. Jackman, 70, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016 at her home in Bloomington, MN surrounded by loved ones. She was the wife of Wallace (Jack) Jackman. They shared 52 wonderful years of marriage together. Born February 27, 1946 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of Pearlie Mae and Joseph Dobbins. Lynda … [Read more...]
January 26, 1960 — December 23, 2016 Lebron Riley, 56, passed away in his home on December 23, 2016. Born on January 26, 1960, Lebron described himself as the “original” Lebron, and a son, brother, uncle, dad, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and man who knew himself. Lebron was an entrepreneur and never met a stranger. He worked at Fridley Middle School for three … [Read more...]
Laurice J. Lewis of Minneapolis, age 50, passed away peacefully Monday, December 19, 2016 surrounded by loved ones in her childhood home. Laurice is survived by her loving mother, Rosalind; brothers, Rodney, Robert and Davey (wife Terri); and sisters Racheal (husband Ronnie), Robin, and Renee (partner Gina); her beloved dog, Zeus; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces … [Read more...]
Sunrise: October 26, 1948 — Sunset: December 14, 2016 Diane was born and raised in Minneapolis. She graduated from North High in 1966. After graduation she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield. Diane then relocated to California and later to Las Vegas five years ago. Diane always wanted to be a teacher and did teach music for a while. However, being inspired by her … [Read more...]
Sunrise: April 20, 1935 — Sunset: November 21, 2016 On April 20, 1935, Jeanette Frazier (then Roberts) was born to the union of Hollis and Susie (Williams) Roberts. Jeanette, the seventh of 11 children, lived in Cincinnati only to the age of 10 because her mother died after a long illness. Jeanette loved her mother very much, and her death began a very traumatic era for … [Read more...]
Charles E. Scroggins, age 82, from Saint Paul, Minnesota but residing in Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on October 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his brother Marvin Scroggins, and one sister, Constance Vassar. He is survived by his wife, Glenda Scroggins, and his former wife Sandy Neal. Charles had five daughters — Nadine Freeman, Sheryl Bell, Ms. Kim McCall, Charlene … [Read more...]