Making the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial

The exhibit is of photographs, plans, artifacts, and documents pertaining to the creation of the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial as designed and created by artist Carla Stetson, with text by A.P. Porter and commissioned by the City of Duluth. 

On Thursday, June 16, 7-8 p.m., the Nordic Center will virtually host author Karen F. Nance for a conversation and preview of her forthcoming book “The Duluth Lynching – A Family Perspective.” Nance is the granddaughter of civil rights activist Ethel Ray Nance who worked with W.E.B. DuBois.

The opening begins Friday, June 17 at 4 p.m. at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on the corner of East First Street and Second Avenue East. Participants will be invited to walk two blocks to the Nordic Center for a discussion with the artist and a gallery viewing 5-7 p.m. Additional exhibit hours are Fridays and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

Stetson and Porter’s proposal was selected from a National Call for Entries in 2001, and the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial was completed in 2003. It is the first large-scale memorial dedicated to lynching victims in the United States. The wall, quotations and sculptures are meant to raise questions and enable discussions about this horrific event, which had long been covered up.

Cost: $5.00 donation at the door

Age: All Ages


Every Friday, Saturday until Jul. 9, 1-4pm

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Nordic Center
23 N. Lake Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802