THE WORLD IS A DANGEROUS PLACE,

NOT BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO DO EVIL,

BUT BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO LOOK ON

AND DO NOTHING.

                                                   - ALBERT EINSTEIN

 

 

JUNE 15TH, 1920

In Duluth, Minnesota, 10,000 angry citizens descend on the downtown city jail.  They burst in and begin sawing through steel bars and pulverizing their way through walls.  They are in search of six black men who have been accused of raping a white woman.  The men are part of the John Robinson traveling circus.  Their accuser is the girl's boyfriend.  Other prisoners offer up any of the men that they can to appease the crowd.  However, the mob is only able to get to three of the accused men.  The three are dragged, all the time proclaiming their innocence, across the street to a lamp post where, to the sounds of cheers and exultation, they are lynched. 

There is no way to conjure the anger and mass hysteria of the crowd or the fear and anguish of the victims in mere words.  The following photo is included because to learn from history it must be viewed with an unfiltered eye.  This photo was sold as a postcard for ten cents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DULUTH, MINNESOTA

 

The men's gravesites had no markers until the early nineties.  The bench was added in accord with a memorial that was dedicated in downtown Duluth in 2003.  The memorial is very near the site where the lynching took place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYNCHING VICTIMS MEMORIAL

 

 

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