A traveling exhibit explores the contexts and social issues related to the 1920 lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie in Duluth.
The Traces Center for History and Culture will present an adapted version of its exhibit on racism in the Midwest in its "Bus-eum," a mobile museum in a retrofitted school bus.
The exhibit will be on display from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of North Second Avenue East and East First Street, next to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial.
The exhibit was created by Traces Executive Director Michael Luick-Thrams. According to a news release from the organization, Luick-Thrams discovered while researching the second wave of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s that his great-grandfather was a member of the Iowa KKK.
"We call this exhibit ‘Hidden or Forbidden No More’ for a reason: We can’t neutralize the impetus for such dynamics until we see them," Luick-Thrams said in the release.
After discovering his family's cloaked legacy, Luick-Thrams reached out to Warren Read, the great-grandson of one of Duluth's lynch mob organizers. Read published a book in 2008, "The Lyncher in Me," about discovering his great-grandfather's involvement in the lynch mob. This led to further research and the development of the exhibit set to be on display.
“We had nothing to do with these ghastly actions, but don’t we have an obligation to discuss them openly as we invite others to help build better futures?" Luick-Thrams said in the release.
After visiting Duluth, the "Bus-eum" will move through towns to the Twin Cities and the Dakotas, on the way back to Iowa.