The Legacy of the Duluth Lynchings

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The Legacy of the Duluth Lynchings

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Video created by the Minnesota Historical Society to commemorate and remember the 100th anniversary of the murders of three African American men: Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie who had been falsely accused of rape by a white woman. The video reflects on the continued trauma or white racial violence and terrorism in the United States, as well as the failure of the education system in Minnesota to focus on this event and its significance in the context of the recent murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. In the midst of the pandemic and the protests related to the murder of George Floyd, museums are grappling with how to commemorate important moments in the nation's past. This is especially true of moments of racial violence and trauma, which hold increased significance with current discussions surrounding white supremacy.

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Minnesota Historical Society

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This item was submitted on June 28, 2020 by Alex Bice using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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