Monday, August 20, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 20

August 20, 1802 - George Bonga, a fur trader of African American and Native American descent, was born on this date in what is now Minnesota [near Duluth]. “He was famous in Minnesota for being, as his brother Stephen claimed, ‘One of the first two black children born in the state.’ [Bonga] was also recognized for tracking down a suspected murderer in 1837, an Ojibwe named Che-Ga Wa Skung, [and] bringing the perpetrator back to justice at Fort Snelling. The ensuing criminal trial was reputedly the first in Minnesota.”

George Bonga

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