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Fun Facts about Minnesota Human Rights

Fun Facts!
  • The Department of Human Rights was established in 1967 to succeed the State Commission Against Discrimination.
  • Minnesota has one of the more progressive human rights laws in the nation.
  • From the 1930s to the 1960s, Rondo Avenue was at the heart of Saint Paul's largest black neighborhood.
  • Saint Paul is home to the largest urban population of Hmong in the World.
  • In 1867 Minnesota established a State Board of Immigration to persuade potential settlers to move to our state.
  • John Frank Wheaton, was the first African American elected to the Minnesota Legislature.
  • Minnesota became part of the United States as the Minnesota Territory in 1849.
  • The early Minnesota legislature drafted two constitutions, one written by Republicans and one by Democrats.
  • In 1977 Rosalie Wahl became the first woman to serve on the Minnesota State Supreme Court.
  • The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) became law in 1990; it was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities in the world.
  • In 1981 the Department of Human Rights was given responsibility for affirmative action in the construction of the Metrodome.