A new book chronicles the life of Minnesota's first African-American attorney. "Fredrick L. McGee: A Life on the Color Line" follows McGee from his birth into slavery in 1861 through his career as a ciminal attorney in St. Paul. McGee practiced in Minnesota for over twenty years. He was respected by both the white and black communities, and was well-known for his work in civil rights. His story was written by local author Paul Nelson. Nelson says McGee came to Minnesota at the prompting of John Quincy Adams, the publisher of a black weekly in St. Paul.
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