"An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent."
Even though virtually every modern day Minnesotan had nothing to do with one of the greatest injustices in our state, you cannot learn about the following without feeling guilt, shame and remorse.
Back in 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota there was an old fashion lynching. A young white girl made a claim that some blacks from the traveling circus raped her. The local police arrested several of the workers and placed them in the Duluth city jail. The news of this alleged rape spread through town like wildfire. Soon, a mob formed in front of the jail demanding justice. The police made a valiant effort (they were ordered not to use guns to stop the mob) but were not able to stop the mayhem. Three of the young black men were dragged from their cells and were savagely beaten and given a "kangaroo court trial". All 3 were then hanged from a lamp post while the mob gathered around for photo opportunities. The picture even was used as a postcard for several years.
Turns out the girl "more than likely" made up the story anyway. Another black man was convicted of the rape, then freed after serving 4 years of a 30 year sentenced because the evidence was later believed to be false and politically motivated. Three of the men in the mob were convicted of rioting and served about two and a half years for rioting. None for murder.
The city of Duluth has bravely chosen to recognized and tell this story for all the hear and learn from instead of hiding it and refusing to believe it ever happened. The city is building a monument in the three young black men's honor at the listed coordinates.
Not only do you get the coordinates to this virtual cache, you can have the street address too (it's in the decrypted hint). My intention is to make this as easy as possible so no one is able to give any excuses why they didn't visit the memorial while in Duluth. I want as many people as possible to see this memorial and, just for a minute, imagine what was going through the minds of Clayton, Jackson and McGhie as they were hoisted up on the pole. I'm sure it had nothing to do with "Minnesota Nice"!!
After visiting, email me the answers to the following two questions. Then go ahead and log your find. I will let you know if your answers are incorrect. Also, feel free to email me to discuss the horrible event. Even after reading the book and visiting the site I have a hard time believing that such an injustice was caused on our backyard.
#1 Which of the three (Clayton, Jackson or McGhie) is closest to Lake Superior?
#2 What direction are the three facing? It could be a dual-direction (i.e. Northwest or Southwest) or singular direction (East or North).
More information on the the Lynching
A Duluth alternative newspaper article about the lynching
The Minnesota Historical Society's web site on the Lynching
Buy the book about the lynching here