Day of Remembrance held at Duluth's Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

By KBJR News 1

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Duluth community members took time today to remember three black men killed for a crime they did not commit.

Dozens of people gathered at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial which honors the three men who were beat and lynched after being wrongly accused of raping a white woman on June 15th 1920.

Mayor Ness declared today Clayton Jackson McGhie Day of Remembrance in the City of Duluth.

This year's CJM Scholarship Recipient, a recent graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School, also spoke.

Officials hold the day of remembrance once a year to encourage the community to never forget the injustice.

"It's important because if you don't hold these kind of things, people forget , they let it slip from their memory, we don't pay any attention to it, we say gee, what's really important is right now. But what happens right now is born in fact out of events that took place years and years ago," said Rogier Gregoire, chairman of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial.

The memorial is now considered a Heritage Preservation landmark following a unanimous vote by the City Council last week.