A traveling exhibit by Iowa- and Germany-based Traces Center for History and Culture parked in downtown Duluth on Monday at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial.

The museum, housed in a retrofitted bus, highlights its exhibit about racism, the Ku Klux Klan and race riots in the Midwest during the early 1900s. Details about the 1920 lynchings of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie are featured in the exhibit.

Traces Executive Director Michael Luick-Thrams said the "bus-eum" typically emphasizes four other topics from that time period as well — anti-German hysteria of World War I, the influenza pandemic, prohibition-era bootlegging and the Depression-era "Cow Wars" — but films about those topics are muted in Duluth out of respect for the memorial. Information about the topics is still displayed.

The traveling bus museum for the Traces Center for Culture and History sits parked by Duluth’s Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on Monday, July 26, 2021. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
The traveling bus museum for the Traces Center for Culture and History sits parked by Duluth’s Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial on Monday, July 26, 2021. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Luick-Thrams said the goal of the exhibit is to explore the nuances of lynchings in the Midwest during the 1920s and the lasting effects of the era's white supremacy movement.

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The exhibit, "Hidden or Forbidden No More: Prequels to the 'Greatest Generation,' 1914-39," was set to stop at the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial at the corner of First Street and Second Avenue East from noon to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, before continuing on its tour of Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. This is its first stop in Minnesota.

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Historian Michael Luick-Thrams talks about the history covered by the traveling bus museum’s exhibits Monday, July 26, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
Historian Michael Luick-Thrams talks about the history covered by the traveling bus museum’s exhibits Monday, July 26, 2021. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

The influenza pandemic of 1918-19 is one of four topics examined in the Traces Center for History and Culture traveling museum. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
The influenza pandemic of 1918-19 is one of four topics examined in the Traces Center for History and Culture traveling museum. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)