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Duluth Lynchings Part 1 of Trial By Mob: The Duluth Lynchings

KVSC Radio at St. Cloud State University presents Trial by Mob: The Duluth Lynchings.

On the evening of June 15, 1920, a crowd of thousands attacked the police station in Duluth, MN pulling Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie from their jail cells.

The three young black men were beaten and hanged by their necks from a lamppost at Second Avenue East and First Street. The men, who were working for a traveling circus, were accused of raping 19-year-old Irene Tusken on the evening of June 14. Little evidence would be found to corroborate these claims.

In Part One of Trial By Mob: The Duluth Lynchings the listener travels back in time to experience the events of this tragic part of Minnesota’s history. Warning: This program is not suitable for young listeners, due to content and the frequent use of racial slurs of the time.

The Listen link to stream or download is at bottom of this post below the cast photograph.

The program discussion held on Wed. Feb. 25, 2015 is also available on podcast HERE.

Additional Resources: 

Minnesota Historical Society's Duluth Lynchings Online Resource site.

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial site.

St. Cloud State University’s Community Anti-Racism Education (CARE) Initiative.

Cast members of Trial By Mob


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