From the MSR Legacy Archives

As part of our celebration over the next several months of 80 years of continuous publication, the MSR will be republishing notable stories from our extensive archives of more than 4,000 weekly issues of African American news in Minnesota. Many of our readers will surely recognize friends, family and neighbors from the distant and not-so-distant past — such as among the “small fry” below featured in the July 13, 1951 issue of the Minneapolis Spokesman.


Small Fry Help Young Ben Alexander Celebrate Birthday


On July 1, young Ben Alexander Jr., whose nickname is “Skip”, had his third birthday. Skip is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Alexander, 869 West Central Ave., St. Paul. On his birthday, young Mr. Alexander is shown with some of his young friends and relatives at a birthday party given in his honor by his parents.

Reading left to right front in the Buzz Brown photo is Jimmy Oliver Jr., Junius Brookins, La Rue Brown, “Skip” Alexander himself and Richard Mann Jr. Back row, Gayle Schofield, Marlene Underwood, Harold Underwood, Sandra Schofield and Marsha Schofield.