From the MSR Legacy Archives

As part of our celebration over the next several months of over 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 the history-making bowlers below featured in the June 1, 1951 issue of the Minneapolis Spokesman.

First Negroes To Bowl In ABC


The above men bowlers made history Thursday night, May 24, when they became the first men of their race to bowl in the international bowling tournament sponsored by the American Bowling Congress being held this year at the St. Paul Auditorium.
The team representing Allen and Sons Super Market of Detroit made a good showing, rolling the best score for Thursday night. Judge John L. Rounds of St. Paul, a member of the executive committee of the ABC, said the team just missed making bowling history.
Shown in the Buzz Brown photo are, seated, William Rhodman and LaFayette Allen, sponsor of the team. Standing left to right, George Williams, Maurice Kilgore, O. Griffin and Clarence Williams.