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Poetry workshop sheds light on somber part of Duluth’s history

DULUTH, MN -- Poetry mixed with a dark part of Duluth's history at UMD.

2020 is the one-hundredth year anniversary of the lynching of three black men.

Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson and Elias Clayton were hung after being wrongfully accused of raping a white woman.

A poetry workshop was held at UMD as a way to remember that somber day.

Organizers say it's a good way to remember the events and history so we can learn from it today.

"I really think that poetry in political, it can be. It can also be personal, especially for marginalized people the personal is political because they come from a marginalized place, " said C. Patrice Ares-Christian, a poet leading the workshop.

There are a number of events planned around the area this year as a way to remember the three men, which culminates with the hope of gathering 10,000 people on June 15th.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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