Duluth Fire at site of Clayton Jackson McGhee Memorial

Around 2 a.m., Friday, January 28, 2022, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a fire at 126 East 4th Street – a vacant building that once housed Pawn Duluth.  The side of the building abuts a portion of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial.  Though the Memorial itself appeared largely unharmed, other than a sheet of frozen water that adhered to it, the building sustained extensive damage. The building has been determined to be a total loss.

In 2020, recall, the first ever posthumous pardon in Minnesota was granted to Max Mason, accused of rape 100 years earlier along with other black men.  The Centennial remembrance of the lynching of three of those men, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, & Isaac McGhie was somewhat subdued in June, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic that was raging at the time.

Photo courtesy of John Woodruff.


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