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Sat, 01.26.1878

One of St. Paul’s finest S. E. Hall

S. Ed Hall

*S. Edward. Hall was born on this date in 1878. He was an African American businessman and civil rights activist.

One of five children (two brothers and two sisters), he was born in Elgin, Illinois to John and Julia Hall. He came to St. Paul in 1900, married his wife Hattie in 1906 and opened his barbershop with his brother Orrie the same year. His place of business was located on 6th street near downtown and many of his customers were prominent white entrepreneurs in the early years of the Minnesota milling industry, the McMillians, Pillsbury’s, James J. Hill and others.

For 75 years he was also an activist for civil rights and social change in the Black St. Paul community. In 1923 he helped found the St. Paul Urban League and in 1929 he assisted in founding the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. Hall was instrumental in putting together the St. Paul NAACP Chapter too.

Through his efforts and interest many Black people were able to secure employment, housing, and other assistance in the state of Minnesota. S. Edward Hall died in 1975.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102-1906

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