Opened in 1951 by members of Minneapolis’s Jewish community, this hospital provided Jewish doctors and nurses with the opportunity for employment in a city that was known for anti-Semitism. Mt. Sinai welcomed Jewish medical professionals as well as African Americans. People of color faced intense employment discrimination in Minneapolis, even though the city liked to imagine itself as “a citadel of Civil Rights.”
Mattie Shaw and John Nelson met at the Phyllis Wheatley Center in the mid-1950s. John's group, the Prince Rogers’ Trio, performed there regularly, and Mattie eventually became the group’s singer.
The couple married in August 1957, and Mattie gave birth to Prince Rogers Nelson here on June 7, 1958. The family, including Prince's older half-brother Alfred Jackson Jr., lived in Apartment #203 at 2201 Fifth Avenue South in Minneapolis.