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George Floyd Community Mural and Documentary Filming
The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial committee is working with DanSan Creatives, an organization and business that works in the Duluth community using media and organizing skills, to tell stories that matter to the black community. Plans include the production and release of a documentary released June 15 on Facebook, followed by a public discussion.
With the recent murder of George Floyd and all that has transpired around the world in response, it is important to create safe spaces. This event is a way to engage in not only conversation but art as a way to stand in solidarity with the black community while honoring Clayton, Jackson and McGhie and the historical narratives continuing to plague society today.
This first event in the series is the creation of a mural of George Floyd that will be displayed near the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. There will also be opportunities to give voice in response to the issue of police brutality. COVID-19 precautions will be observed.
Additional events are listed below.
Saturday, June 13, 5 p.m.
Film: Just Mercy
Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc. will be hosting a Facebook watch party of the film Just Mercy followed up by a public discussion on critical issues affecting justice in the community. Just Mercy addresses inequality, injustice and systemic breakdown of the criminal justice system. Warner Brothers Studio has made the film free to watch during the month of June. It’s available for free at YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play. Check Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Facebook page to join the watch party at 5 p.m. and the discussion panel at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 5 p.m.
Facebook Virtual Gathering at Park Hill Cemetery
A virtual gathering at the gravesites of Clayton, Jackson and McGhie to pay respects and join in a prayer. Check Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Facebook page to join online.
Monday, June 15, noon
Community Barbecue Fellowship
A young African Heritage Men public event at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, supported by Duluth Grill. More Information to be released in the coming days. COVID-19 precautions will be observed.
Monday, June 15, 5 p.m.
Live Launch of the Documentary I Can’t Breathe
Join the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial committee for a virtual 2020 Day of Remembrance to honor the victims of the 1920 Duluth lynchings. This day comes hundred years after a mob of 10,000 community members lined the streets of Duluth to participate in the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie. Check Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Facebook page to join the watch party at 5 p.m. A discussion panel will follow at 7:10 p.m.
The events above are part of a number of sequential events in 2020 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the public lynchings of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie in Duluth. The horrific lynching represents one of the darkest moments in Twin Ports history, and the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial committee is finalizing plans for numerous events to bring people together in honor of the men who were killed in 1920 and work to eradicate racism in today’s society.