Grandma Moses

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Grandma Moses of St. Anthony township early Minneapolis was a mid-wife rumored to have delivered many black children to the blacks who lived in the Fort Snelling Territory which extended to where downtown Minneapolis is now located. The legend of this lady is fascinating for many reasons: She was supposedly a black lady who spoke only Norwegian, she used for transportation a horse and buggy that crossed over the river from St. Anthony to Minneapolis, did her duties and returned to St. Anthony. Where she lived, who she belonged to and any other information about her has remained hidden. Yet, the story has popped up in too many places for me to dismiss it altogether. Folklore or fairy tales? If by any chance the rumors do have any merit, she definitely belongs with the heroes unsung.
~James R. Brown, Minneapolis, MN


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