Day of Remembrance at Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

By KBJR News 1

June 15, 2012 Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- It's a day of remembrance for the Duluth community on the anniversary of what Mayor Don Ness calls, one of the darkest days of the city's history.

It's been ninety two years since three men were murdered after being wrongly accused of rape. The incident resulted from a rumor that lead to their arrest, and a mob lynching in Downtown Duluth.

The lynching site stands now as the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial where with music and speakers, the Duluth community gathered to remember the past, and press forward to the future.

"We stand in the shadows of these three men, as we do our work and we continue to work with our community."

A 1000 dollar scholarship was awarded at the gathering to a future St. Scholastica student.

The memorial committee plans presentations at the site and advocates for racial justice in the Northland.