1920 Duluth lynchings

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Postcard of the Duluth lynchings

The 1920 Duluth lynchings occurred when a mob attacked and lynched three black circus workers in Duluth, Minnesota. Beforehand there were rumours that black people had raped a teenager. A physician who examined the girl found no evidence of rape or assault.[1][2]

The killings shocked the country, particularly because they had occurred in the northern United States,[3] Four lynchings had occurred in Minnesota before that time. In 2003, the city of Duluth erected a memorial to the murdered workers.

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  1. Duluth Lynchings: Presence of the Past. Twin Cities Public Television.
  2. "Duluth Lynchings On line Resource". Minnesota Historical Society. http://collections.mnhs.org/duluthlynchings/. Retrieved 2006-03-09.
  3. Move to punish Duluth Lynchers. New York Times. June 17, 1920.