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Continued: Gambians in Minnesota: Finding family on foreign ground

  • Article by: ANNA PRATT , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 18, 2014 - 1:10 PM

He hand-picks the clothes, which he sells at a discount. Sometimes he lets people pay in installments.

How did he get into this business? “I’ve always had good taste in clothes. My wife prefers me to pick out clothes for her,” he said.

Although Ceesay has never grown accustomed to Minnesota winters, he’s glad he hopped on a Greyhound bus from Washington, D.C., in 2000, for a fresh start.

After leaving and coming back in 2011, he said he appreciates the Twin Cities, which he describes as a friendly, accommodating place. It’s allowed him to flourish, thanks largely to the fact that the Gambian community is so “family-oriented. It keeps us together. Nobody is an island.”


Anna Pratt is a Minneapolis freelance writer.


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