ROCHESTER, Minn. -
When we travel, we look for places to eat, sleep and gas up.
Historically, though, those places were not welcoming to African-Americans.
A new exhibit at the History Center of Olmsted County is focusing on African-American motorist history.
It's inspired by a guide for African-American travelers that listed places they could go and get served.
Frank White is a baseball historian and spoke at the exhibit to talk about the struggles African-American athletes faced while on the road.
"Our history here in Minnesota as the great North Star state, we had our own individual challenges here that I think a lot of people don't know," White said.
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