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Jessie Merriam 

Jessie Merriam is a public historian and artist interested in oral and visual histories, and creative community engagement around ecological issues. She is the Research Coordinator for Our Streets Minneapolis where she gathers stories and archival information around highway impacts on Twin Cities neighborhoods. She is also a printmaker with Fireweed Community Woodshop, and an Artist in Residence with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Long Term Ecological Research project coordinating art and science outreach events.

Letter from Minneapolis: The Legacy of Highway Construction

Highways were convenient tools to rid the cities of perceived social ills, a mindset deeply embedded in white supremacy. Here's how it played out in two neighborhoods.