History Plays

William and Nellie Francis
William and Nellie

Not in Our Neighborhood – 

February 14-16, 7 pm – SOLD OUT

Dates added – February 22 & 23 – SOLD OUT


A little-known instance of racist violence, in Saint Paul’s Groveland Park neighborhood, comes to light in Landmark Center’s F. K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, in honor of Black History Month. In 1924, African American attorney William Francis–later the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia–and his civil rights activist wife, Nellie, planned to move from the Rondo neighborhood to a home on Sargent Avenue. Their plans were met with petitions, demonstrations, death threats, and eventually two separate cross burnings on their new home’s front lawn.

Not in Our Neighborhood, written by Saint Paul Central High School graduates Tom Fabel and Eric Wood, recounts the true story of the Francis’ struggle against racism and housing discrimination and ultimate triumph.

Not in Our Neighborhood runs February 14-16, 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online, in person at the Minnesota Landmarks offices, or by phone (651.292.3063).

These performances are open to the public, and due to their popularity, require ticket purchases in advance. Walk in tickets depend on availability.

Landmark Center’s History Drama performance series is a theater program designed to bring to life many of the trials, court decisions, legal ramifications, and other related events that were relevant to Landmark Center when it was the Federal Courts Building.  Noted Twin Cities judges, legal practitioners, and academics often trade robes for costumes to bring the events to life.