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Photo of downtown Duluth Go to Background
  In 1920, Duluth is home to a small black community. It is a period of heightened racial conflict across the country.
Photo of lynch mob Go to The Lynchings
  On June 15, 1920, police arrest several young black men accused of raping a white woman. That evening, three of them – Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie – are taken from jail by a mob and lynched.
Photo of Judge William A. Cant Go to Legal Proceedings
  A call for justice, but the lynch mob is only lightly punished. Two blacks are tried on questionable charges of rape.
Photo of Duluth police officers Go to Incarcerations
  Three white men are imprisoned for rioting. One black man, Max Mason, is imprisoned for rape.
Photo of Nellie Francis Go to Afterwards
  Many blacks leave Duluth. Minnesota's black community establishes the Duluth Branch of the NAACP and campaigns for anti-lynching legislation. Years later, the three victims are finally properly laid to rest.
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