The Historyapolis Project

Kirsten Delegard is director of the Historyapolis Project, which is part of the history department at Augsburg College. The Historyapolis Project seeks to bring fresh attention to the history of Minneapolis and is working to unearth stories that can explain how the city took shape. During 2014, Delegard is compiling an inventory of historical resources pertinent to Minneapolis with the help of a team of students and citizen-researchers associated with the Historyapolis Lab. For more details visit our website at This project has been made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which is administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Jan 13, 2015

One of the most memorable episodes of the Civil Rights Movement was the 1961 Freedom Rides.

In contrast, few people have ever heard about the 1962 “Reverse Freedom Rides,” designed as a response to the brave protest of the previous year. Organized by Southern segregationists to embarrass Northern supporters of the freedom struggle, the “Reverse Freedom Rides” were a flop.

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