Casiville Bullard

Many skilled black artisans were recruited to Saint Paul to work on buildings going up in the early 1900s. Many of them arrived from Georgia with the marble used in those buildings. Casiville Bullard, a master stonemason, helped build such Saint Paul icons as the current State Capitol, St. Paul Cathedral, and City Hall. His descendants still live and lead in Saint Paul alongside the progeny of other stonecutters, bricklayers and masons. Some of the buildings they worked on still exist around downtown's Rice Park, including Landmark Center, Saint Paul Public Library and The Saint Paul Hotel.

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State Capitol Construction

State Capitol Construction

African American bricklayers and stonemasons aided in the construction of the state capitol building. Date: Approximately 1900 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Minnesota State Capitol construction scene

Minnesota State Capitol construction scene

Date: Approximately 1896 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Works Progress Administration quarry

Works Progress Administration quarry

Stonecutters working at the quarry in Mendota, Minnesota. Date: Approximately 1940 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Landmark Center

Landmark Center

Formerly the Federal Courts Building with Rice Park pictured in the foreground. African American stonecutters, bricklayers, and masons worked on some of the most prominent buildings downtown, including the Landmark Center, Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Hotel. Photographer: Steve Plattner Date: July 16, 1975 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Saint Paul Public Library

Saint Paul Public Library

African American stonecutters, bricklayers, and masons worked on some of the most prominent buildings downtown, including the Landmark Center, Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Hotel. Date: Approximately 1918 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Hotel Saint Paul

Hotel Saint Paul

African American stonecutters, bricklayers, and masons worked on some of the most prominent buildings downtown, including the Landmark Center, Saint Paul Public Library and the Saint Paul Hotel. Artist: Menzo Van Esveldt, ink drawing Date: 1958 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

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CultureBrokers Foundation, Inc. 2008. "Points of Entry: The African American Heritage Guide to Saint Paul.", “Casiville Bullard,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/255.

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