Rondo and I-94
In the 1930s, Rondo was Saint Paul’s largest African American neighborhood, made up largely of newly arrived former slaves emigrating from the South. In 1968, Interstate 94 was built directly through the Rondo neighborhood, dividing the community and displacing hundreds of families. The construction was met with racially charged protests. Though it was divided by I-94, the Rondo community has survived. Several annual gatherings, including Rondo Days and the Jazz Festival, celebrate Rondo’s continued vitality.