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Duluth Lynchings Part 2 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, 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.  (This image is from the Minnesota Historical Society and shows the damage the mob caused to the police station).

In Part 2 of Trial by Mob: The Duluth Lynchings listeners follow the court proceedings with actual witness testimony and media interviews. Warning: This program is not suitable for young listeners, due to the content and frequent use of racial slurs at the time.

The Listen link to stream or download is at bottom of this post.

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

Additional Resources:

Visit the Minnesota Historical Society's Duluth Lynchings Online Resource site.

Visit the Clayton Jackson MeGhie Memorial site.

Visit SCSU's Community Anti-Racism Education (CARE) Initiative site.


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