Sarah McKenzie

Loring Park church celebrates 50 years of racial integration

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Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its merger with the small African American Border Methodist congregation with festivities on Jan. 21.

The merger made national news in 1957. The New York Times headline on the historic event read: “Races Join in Worship: Negroes Accept Bid to White Church in Minneapolis.”

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