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Breakfast Club presents Dr. Jeff Mullins

The 1846 Racial Murder Trial

Join us for Breakfast Club at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, with Dr. Jeff Mullins, Graduate History Program Coordinator at St. Cloud State University. 

Dr. Mullins will share his research of an 1846 racial murder trial involving the prosecution of William Freeman, who attacked a farmhouse and killed four members of the family inside. Though the case was both tragic and shocking, it seemed to be an isolated event. No one could have predicted the murder trial would become a stand-in for larger questions of social justice and a controversy of national importance involving race, social reform, free will and political partisanship.

Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Ave. S., St. Cloud. This event is free to members, non-members $7.

About the presenter: Dr. Jeff Mullins is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at
St. Cloud State University. He grew up on the West Coast, received his B.A. from Reed College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. On the broadest level, his research interests include the intersection of developments in understandings of social reform, race, and agency in 19th-century America. He is currently working on a book-length study of William Freeman’s 1846 murder trial.

The Stearns History Museum has focused on collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Central Minnesota since 1936. The mission of the non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization is to “engage people in the exploration of the County’s diverse heritage by providing connections to the past, perspectives on the present, and inspiration for the future.” The Stearns History Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.