The lynchings in duluth summary
The Lynchings in Duluth by Michael W. FedoFedo, a Duluth native and former correspondent for the New York Times, retells the story of the lynching of three black men for the alleged rape of a white woman in Duluth, MN in 1920, based on newspaper accounts, court records, state files, and interviews with witnesses. This unusual Northern lynching received wide public attention at the time, due in part to the fact that nearly one tenth of the citys residents were in attendance to watch the hangings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The Lynchings in Duluth
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Rumors had circulated that six African Americans had raped and robbed a nineteen-year-old woman. A physician's examination of her subsequently found no physical evidence of rape. The lynchings are the only known instance of lynching of blacks in Minnesota. Twenty other lynchings were recorded in Minnesota, and included mainly Native Americans and whites. No one was ever prosecuted for the murders. The state of Minnesota passed anti-lynching legislation in April In , the city of Duluth erected a memorial to the lynched men.
On an afternoon when a howling wind and early dusk gave promise of the northern Minnesota winter to come, two yellow buses pulled up to an empty downtown intersection and a swarm of bundled seventh and eighth graders poured out. They glanced up at the new monument on the corner, at the silhouettes of three men who, though frozen in bronze, seemed to be emerging from their sandy-colored wall. Then, it was right back to the buses, where students pronounced the monument good and returned to their chatter. Nothing beats a field trip. The monument memorializes a lynching that took place at the intersection 83 years ago, but to the students, it might as well have happened a million years ago, on some other downtown hill, in some other universe. Racism is not a problem here, Matthew Johnson, 13, told a visitor on his bus. Not in