Newspaper article about recent African American immigrants in St. Paul

St. Paul Pioneer (Daily), May 6, 1863


Gen. Sibley sometime since made arrangements to have some contrabands sent up from St. Louis for teamsters. The first installment made their appearance on a barge that was brought up by the Northerner yesterday, and consisted of forty men, ten women, and twenty-six children…. The police were very much alarmed at the appearance of such a thundercloud, and thinking that they were to be landed here, proposed to prevent it, on the ground that they were paupers. The Irish on the levee were considerable excited, and admitted by their actions that the negro is their rival, and that they fear he will outstrip them. On finding they were bound for the Fort, they resumed their whiskey and punches with great equanimity.

Source: MHS microfilm collections; St. Paul Press, vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1, 1861) – vol. 4, no. 67 (March 23, 1864)

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