I Came To Bear Witness To A Lynching. Part 1: Duluth, MN.

Garrick McFadden
ZORA
Published in
11 min readJul 30, 2023

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A picture of the marker to remember the brutal lynching of three black men in Duluth, MN in 1920. This monument was created by black folk. The picture was taken by the author.

I was not alive in 1920. This is the first time I felt the bracing winds that glide over Lake Superior before unleashing their fury upon the land.

Duluth, Minnesota, always was within my orbit, but I had never trodded upon its tree-lined pathways. Needless to say, I was not physically present in 1920 when a mob was imbued with a malevolent compulsion to maim…

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Garrick McFadden
ZORA

I am a civil-rights attorney. I write about #whiteness, #racism, #hiphop, policing & politics. https://gamesqlaw.com/index.php/thoughts/