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Harry's Gang: Black and white issues are still not black and white


December 20, 2019

The Minnesota Board of Pardons is planning to issue its first ever posthumous pardon to a black man convicted of rape in Duluth. Many of you already know the story: In 1920, six black circus workers were arrested after being accused of rape and burglary against a white woman and her boyfriend. The outrage, probably due to commonly held racist beliefs at the time, was intense. A mob stormed the jail and eventually hung three of the men, in public, along First Street in downtown Duluth. A memorial to the three men — Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton — stands at the corner of F...

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