Connects a family who bought the first and only slave sold in Minnesota. James Thompson was bought by the Brunson family to help them interpret Dakota so that they could do mission work with Native Americans. James Thompson was owned by a Fort Snelling soldier. Brunson bought him, then gave him his freedom and hired him to interpret. Thompson was married to a Dakota. The Brunson House is located at 485 Kenny Road in St. Paul.
~Eleanor T. Davis, Woodbury, MN
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