City Council Member Anthony Fernandez became the first person of color elected to municipal office in West St. Paul in 2016. We asked Fernandez about being one of the firsts.
West St. Paul has a historic first this year with the first Black candidate for municipal office in the city’s history. So we’re taking a wider look at firsts in West St. Paul.
West St. Paul history: A look at Applebaum’s in 1956 compared to the current Oxendale’s.
You can find traces of history in West St. Paul with a few remnants of the Works Progress Administration.
On March 29, 1966, civil rights icon John Lewis visited West St. Paul and spoke at Augustana Lutheran Church.
“I guess you’d say I believe in put up or shut up,” Devona Weatherhead said in 1966 when she became the first woman elected to city council.