Name: Minnie Harris


Age/DOB: Unknown


County of Conviction: Wheatland


Judicial District:  14th


Case No.:  50


Date of Conviction: June 18, 1918


Sentence: $200









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Allegations: Said, "I wish to God someone will rule this country besides the dirty Americans."


Case Details: Arrested for sedition while performing as part of a black minstrel troupe on May 1, 1918, near Two Dot. "Became involved in difficulties accentuated by loud language and boisterous conduct," according to the Harlowton Times. First woman to be tried in Montana for sedition.


Personal Information: Black. Husband was Harry Harris, also arrested for sedition but charges dismissed. However, he and another member of the troupe were convicted of possessing unregistered weapons and fined $50 each.


The Montana Sedition Project