One hundred years ago, on June 15, 1920, three black circus workers, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, were wrongfully accused of sexual assault, dragged through the street, and murdered by a mob.

In this series, we will look back at one of Duluth, Minnesota’s dark moments in history, a time when an estimated 10,000 people participated in or were witness to a hate crime — then didn’t talk about it again publicly for more than 60 years.

"The Duluth Lynchings" is produced by the News Tribune's Christa Lawler and Samantha Erkkila with reporting by newsroom staff. Subscribe now on Apple Podcast, Google Play or Spotify. *A warning to listeners: Some episodes might have unsettling imagery or language.

Research for this podcast started before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the majority of the interviews and all episodes have been recorded remotely and over the phone.