Northside Oral History
ReCAST is a federally funded program housed in the City of Minneapolis that exists to address trauma in community that arises as a result of structural and historical racism. We have three main goals that help us do this work: increase trust and understanding between community residents and City staff, provide opportunities for healing and capacity building for community residents and City staff; and create opportunities for community residents and City staff to participate in shared decision making.
The Northside Oral History Project addresses our first goal of increasing trust and understanding, This project exists to examine the history of the Penn/Plymouth area by centering the stories of elders who have lived in this community for decades. The impetus of this work was understanding the legacy of trauma that has persisted in this corridor, spanning from the Plymouth Avenue riots in 1967 and more recently, the shooting of Jamar Clark in 2015. Through this work, we endeavor to elevate the stories of resistance and resilience that have made the community what it is.
There are two distinct phases of this project:
Working with 4000 More Creative, we will capture the raw audio stories of 90 elders who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area over the last several decades. 4000 More Creative has contracted with several community leaders and youth to help them with this story-making.
In this phase, we have partnered with community organizations to host and convene space for elders to tell their stories. As the dates for each of the partner sites events are confirmed, we will post them here:
- Liberty Community Church: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-noon (3700 Bryant Ave N)
- Northside Residents Redevelopment Council: Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. (2001 Plymouth Ave N)
We currently have 42 stories and will be collecting the remaining 48 through the spring. Are you one of the 48? Find out how to participate here.
After we finish collecting the remainder of the stories, we will open up the second phase of our project which endeavors to give space for community artists to share these stories in creative ways. This could include art work, pop-ups, audio and visual presentations.
We endeavor to start the second phase of this project in the summer of 2019. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you get the details as they unfold.
Last updated Apr 5, 2019