Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. Announces the 2013 Week of Remembrance
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. announces the 2013 Week of Remembrance to reflect, commemorate and restore peace and faith in the Duluth community as a result of the 1920 lynching. This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the tragedy that ended the lives of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, three young African American men who were falsely accused, taken by a mob from the old Duluth jail on East Superior Street, and lynched at the intersection where the Memorial now stands.
This year marks the 10th year since Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial’s dedication. It was 13 years ago that a group of passionate community members led the effort to gain public and financial support to build the memorial, which was officially installed on October 10, 2003. The group evolved into today’s nonprofit Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., which continues the work of fostering racial justice through education, reconciliation, and healing.
CJMM, Inc. will recognize these milestones with the following programs:
- Wednesday, June 12, 11:30-12:30 PM, Ordean Building, 424 W Superior St, Conference Room B&C — Bringing the Truth to Light: A Community Forum on Racism Today Bring your lunch and join us to watch the 30-minute, locally produced program. The broadcast features community members, activists, and organizational leaders who gathered to provide insight into the reality of racial inequality in our community.
- Thursday, June 13, 5:00 PM, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, First St & Second Ave E — Set Us Free: Youth Spoken Word Night in partnership with Suicidemindz, we will create and foster conversations about racial justice with local youth. Come learn how to write poetry and perform spoken word. Speak Out! Let your voice be heard!
- Friday, June 14, 12:00 PM, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, First St & Second Ave E — Day of Remembrance: 10 Years of Working Towards Atonement Gather with us to honor the memory of the three young men who were lynched in 1920. Special guest speakers include: Makayla Head, La Tanya Autry, and Dr. Janet Haynes.
- Friday, June 14, 1:00 PM, CJMM, Inc. Office, Zeitgeist Arts Building, 222 E Superior St Suite 302 — Open House Come see our office and enjoy some refreshments with us.
- Saturday, June 15, 12:00 PM, Park Hill Cemetery, 2500 Vermillion Rd — Vigil Please join us at the gravesites of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie for a program that includes music, singing, laying of flowers, and a tree planting.
For more information, visit www.claytonjacksonmcghie.org or call (218) 722-9083.
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“An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent.” Those words are carved atop of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, dedicated to the three black men senselessly lynched by an angry white mob in downtown Duluth in 1920. This dark and disgusting chapter of Duluth’s history will forever serve as our reminder of our collective civic duty as a community to stand up to racism and all other forms of discrimination and hatred.
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