1920 Duluth Lynchings

The 1920 Duluth lynchings occurred on June 15, 1920, when three black circus workers were attacked and lynched by a mob in Duluth, Minnesota. Rumors had circulated among the mob that six African Americans had raped a teenage girl. A physician's examination subsequently found no evidence of rape or assault. The killings shocked the country, particularly for their occurrence in the northern United States, although four earlier lynchings had occurred in Minnesota. In 2003, the city of Duluth erected a memorial to the murdered workers.

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1965 song "Desolation Row" recalls the lynchings in Duluth ... Dylan was born in Duluth, and grew up in Hibbing, which is 30 miles north of Duluth ... His father, Abram Zimmerman, was nine years old in June 1920 and lived two blocks from the site of the lynchings ...