U of M documentary traces history of North Minneapolis

A new documentary uses north Minneapolis buildings and historic spaces as the backdrop for an exploration of the power of place and community.

Cornerstones: Stories of Place on the North Side premiers statewide at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, on Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Channel.

The hour-long documentary was co-produced by the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center and TPT, and written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Pierce Bergin, who won an Emmy award for his 2004 TPT documentary North Star: Minnesota’s Black Pioneers. Cornerstones is narrated by veteran Twin Cities performer Jearlyn Steele.

Check out the website for additional interviews with Northside residents on the importance of place and memory. The site will also include interactive storytelling features and content from TPT, university researchers and community historians.

Rebroadcasts of Cornerstones are scheduled for 2 a.m., 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 14 and noon Nov. 20 on TPT’s Life Channel. Viewers should check with their local PBS affiliates for airing dates and times.


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