Prince As An 11 Year Old Child Footage Unearthed

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If serendipity was a story, then you’re about to watch one of the most fortunate strokes of luck ever at WCCO. A mysterious gem – unearthed on accident – giving people a glimpse into Minneapolis history through the eyes of a young musical icon — Prince.

The rare footage – filmed in 1970 – was discovered in the archive room of Minneapolis television station WCCO by production manager Matt Liddy, who was searching the archives in order to place the teacher’s strike that took place in the same earlier this year into better context.

WCCO then brought in a specialist to restore audio to the footage, and they tracked down a local historian and a childhood friend of Prince’s to confirm that the child in the footage was indeed Prince.

In the video, a young Prince is seen being interviewed about the Minneapolis teacher’s strike that occurred in 1970. “I think they should get a better education too cause, um, and I think they should get some more money cause they work, they be working extra hours for us and all that stuff,” he says.