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Entries about Minnesota history from MNopedia are made available through a partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and with funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Each week, MinnPost brings you a highlight of our state's past from MNopedia, an encyclopedia of Minnesota history written by experts and produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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From slave to prominent citizen of St. Paul: the remarkable life of James Thompson

After winning his freedom in the 1830s James Thompson became a respected citizen of the city of St. Paul known for his accomplishments more than his skin color.