Photo Album: 1920s
The Michael Dowling School for Crippled Children
Michael J. Dowling, a Minnesota politician, newspaper publisher, businessman, and spokesperson for people with physical disabilities lost both legs, most of one arm, and the fingers on the other to frostbite when he was 14. He founded the Michael Dowling School for Crippled Children in 1920 to provide an elementary school for children with physical disabilities. Housed first in a North Minneapolis church building, the school moved to its own facility in 1924. Read more at the Historical Note by the MHS.