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Duluth Lynchings Online Resource
  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Timeline
  3. Oral Histories
  4. People
  5. Glossary
  6. Additional Resources
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Statement of Purpose
     
 

For most Minnesotans, the intervening years since the lynchings would obliterate their collective memory, leaving a diminishing handful to treat it, like all dirty secrets, as something best left unspoken.

–William Green, Associate Professor of History, Augsburg College.¹

The Duluth Lynchings Online Resource provides an opportunity to remember and learn from this tragic incident in Minnesota history. With the activities of the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial Committee (CJMMC) — a citizen group dedicated to the remembrance of the three lynching victims — and the Duluth Branch of the NAACP, the lynchings have begun to be studied more extensively. The 2000 publication of Michael Fedo’s The Lynchings in Duluth by the MHS Press has also spurred new interest in the lynchings. The Minnesota Historical Society now presents this web site to provide an in-depth and scholarly resource of primary source materials on the subject, designed also for those unfamiliar with this tragic event.

This web site facilitates access to over 2,000 pages of scanned documents, the vast majority originating from MHS’s recently completed microfilm edition of Duluth lynchings records. Completed in 2001, this microfilm reproduces records from nine Minnesota government agencies and additional related items. Until the microfilm edition was created, these records were spread over several MHS collections, making them difficult to locate and study, especially for younger students and casual researchers.

This site is not an online exhibit, but rather a digital collection providing primary source materials with a minimum of interpretation. We have sought to provide a limited narrative that provides a succinct explanation of the lynchings and the context in which they happened.

In this way we hope to present the Duluth lynchings as important and instructive – a part of Minnesota history that, while painful to remember or relive, should not be forgotten.

 

 

 
  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Timeline
  3. Oral Histories
  4. People
  5. Glossary
  6. Additional Resources

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