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Arts & Culture
A weekly feature on Northland Morning keeping you up to date on Twin Ports art happenings. Airs Mondays at 8:20. Hosted by Annie Dugan of the Duluth Art Institute.

Where's Art: Art in remembrance of a terrible event.

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The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, located at East First Street and North Second Avenue East in Duluth.

This Friday is the opening event of a new exhibit at the Nordic Center of Duluth. Making the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial looks back at the creation of the memorial that honors Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie who were lynched on June 15, 1920, in Duluth by an angry mob who erroneously believed they had raped a young woman. The memorial was designed by local artist Carla Stetson and writer Anthony Peyton Porter. The exhibit contains documents, models and the history of the lynching and the design of the memorial that now stands at the corner of East First Street and Second Avenue in Duluth, the same corner where the lynchings occurred.

The exhibit opens June 17 to coincide with Juneteenth and runs until July 10. The night before, the Nordic Center of Duluth will present an online conversation with author Karen F. Nance about her new book The Duluth Lynching – A Family Perspective.