For most of the 50-plus years Pearl Lindstrom lived in her little house in Minneapolis, she didn't realize it was historic. Only in recent years did researchers fill her in on its role as a flashpoint for racial confrontations when the neighborhood was first integrated in 1931.
The story of how thousands of people converged on the bungalow in an effort to force out an African-American family – and of how a smaller group of supporters helped protect them – gained the house a spot on the National Register of Historic Places this year.
Lindstrom's death at the age of 92 was confirmed Thursday, Twin Cities Daily Planet reports.
Neighborhood activists who joined a University of Minnesota professor in researching and documenting the events that occurred at 4600 Columbus Ave. were impressed with Lindstrom's graciousness in opening her home and helping to tell its story. Author Kirsten Delegard posted a remembrance to the Historyapolis Project's blog, writing:
"Lindstrom handled this community interest in her abode with grace and good cheer, demonstrating an empathy and openness to new understandings of the past in her ninth decade of life."
“She wanted people to realize that we can all get along regardless of their skin color,” Stearline Rucker tells the Star Tribune.