Why Uptown*, Minneapolis?
Centered at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, Uptown is a tapestry of diverse small businesses imbalanced by chains. It reminisces of a quintessential Main Street, where young and old alike peruse on the weekends and workers cross through on their commute.
It is also a place of historical significance for the community - where inequalities have been challenged and people have stepped up to create change.
*What is known today as Uptown is Wahpekute of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Dakota people. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on today and pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging. We also support the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of indigenous peoples in Minnesota. And lastly, we commit to working with Native small business owners in collaboration with organizations like MNIBA.
The artwork that framed the True North Collaborative space during the uprisings following George Floyd's murder
Red Leg (Hushasha), the Wahpekute Dakota Chief and prisoner at Fort Snelling compound in Hennepin County in 1862-3 (MNHS)
The current facade of True North Collaborative at Seven Points
Hennepin Avenue looking south toward West Lake Street, Minneapolis in 1938 (MNHS)