Duluth in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent.
Elias Clayton • Elmer Jackson • Isaac McGhie
On June 15, 1920, following the alleged rape of a young woman, Duluth police locked up a number of men who worked for a travelling circus. That evening, thousands of Duluthians gathered outside the city jail. The police were under orders not to shoot, and they obeyed.
With timbers and rails as battering rams, the mob broke down the doors of the jail and staged a trial of six of the men. They convicted Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, who had been held as a witness. The crowd dragged the young men about a block, beat them as viciously as you may imagine, and hanged them from a light pole that stood diagonally across the street from where you are now. Some brave people spoke out in protest, but they were few against thousands. One man took a photograph that was later distributed as postcards. This memorial is dedicated to the memories of the murdered here and everywhere.
Erected 2003 by the Clayton Jackson
Location. 46° 47.355′ N, 92° 5.817′ W. Marker is in Duluth, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker is at the intersection of East 1st Street and North 2nd Avenue East, on the left when traveling west on East 1st Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Priley Fountain / Duluth Civic Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); Determined Mariner (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jay Cooke (approx. 0.6 miles away); Duluth Union Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trotman Folding Stock Anchor (approx. 0.6 miles away); Albert Woolson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Modern Ship Propeller (approx. 0.7 miles away); Float Copper (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duluth.
More about this memorial. [memorial quotations, left to right]
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. . . . If parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.
Marian Wright Edelman
Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.
Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Hatred can never answer hatred; all violence is injustice.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly, I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain and what cures pain. We are the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours.
We are responsible for the world in which we find ourselves, if only because we are the only sentient force that can change it.
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner:
“Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil, the other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.”
When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied,
“The one I feed the most.”
George Bernard Shaw
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,173 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.