Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night designating the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial a city Heritage Preservation Landmark.
The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial was built in 2003 to remember the lives lost June 15, 1920 after a mob of thousands accused three black men of raping a woman in Duluth.
The mob assembled in West Duluth where they continued to beat and strangle the three men until lynching them across the street from the CJM Memorial.
"It's a painful history, but it's important for us to own that history and to reconcile that history and to try and take that story and learn from it and then move on in a positive light," said Jodi Broadwell, the chair of the memorial committee.
With Monday's vote, the memorial will go on the register of local landmarks which will help preserve the structure.