Making a Difference: Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

By KBJR News 1

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Clayton– Jackson– McGhie Memorial in downtown Duluth was established 11 years ago in memory of three black men who were wrongfully accused of a crime.

While that incident happened 94 years ago, today, the memorial serves as a learning tool for the community and visitors.

The Duluth city council recently approved the CJM memorial board's request to recognize the area as a local landmark.

The new status will help preserve the structure so people can learn and heal from a dark part of Duluth's past.

"I think it is really important for people to understand that when you look at that monument you're not just looking at three black men, you are looking at three Indians, and you're looking at three Asians and you're looking at three people of all different races, colors, shapes, and sizes," said Bob Powless, a former professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

A history that is being shared to help make a difference in the Northland and beyond.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.