In the 1920s, Rondo, Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, was flourishing. With music, theatre, African American newspapers, and businesses booming, the community was thriving—until September of 1956, when construction of Interstate 94 tore through the Rondo community. Rondo homeowners resisted the construction, and protests began. Residents were forcefully removed from their homes. Thousands of Rondo homeowners were displaced. Homes and successful businesses were demolished, and a community was torn apart.
The construction of 94 shattered homes, businesses, and families. It did not shatter Rondo’s spirit.
Rondo: Beyond the Pavement is a documentary filmed by Saint Paul youth that shares the voices of a thriving neighborhood torn apart by the I-94 corridor.
Who: The Family Place and St.Paul Almanac
What: Rondo: Beyond the Pavement screening
When: March 29th @ 6pm and March 30th @ 2pm & 6pm
Where: First Baptist Church
499 Wacouta Street, St Paul, MN 55101