On October 10, 2003 the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial was dedicated to the memory of three young African American men whose lives were cut short when they were lynched in downtown Duluth on June 15th, 1920 for a crime they did not commit.  The creation of the Memorial is a testament to the public’s commitment to acknowledge its painful history and move forward to build a more just and inclusive community.  The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is the only U.S. monument of its scale dedicated to victims of lynching.

CJMM, Inc. is accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications

CJMM, Inc. invites any graduating senior in the area who plans on attending an accredited college or technical school in the fall of 2014, to apply for our annual $1500 scholarship.

Over the years, CJMM has been honored to receive moving and wise applications from young, passionate and committed graduating high school seniors. It offers hope that CJMM’s mission is in good hands and hearts. 

Please download the application, provide us with the personal information requested, and choose one of the three topics provided to complete your creative piece. Applications are due March 1, 2014. After carefully reviewing each application, the scholarship recipient will be selected by CJMM board members serving on the Scholarship Committee.

The recipient will be notified and invited to our annual Fundraiser Dinner, March 29th and invited to speak at our annual Day of Remembrance Celebration held at the memorial in June. 

CJMM, Inc. looks forward to your application. 










Community Stand Against Racism Sign

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Duluth News Tribune

Anti-racism effort in Duluth vows to fight on

City Leaders View:  Response, not racism, defines Duluth

“An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent.” Those words are carved atop of the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, dedicated to the three black men senselessly lynched by an angry white mob in downtown Duluth in 1920. This dark and disgusting chapter of Duluth’s history will forever serve as our reminder of our collective civic duty as a community to stand up to racism and all other forms of discrimination and hatred.

Our community and society have come a long way since then. However, an unfortunate string of recent racist actions has reminded us we still have a long way to go. From the hanging effigy of our president on Election Day to the recent incidents involving blackface, it’s sadly very clear racism remains an ongoing problem in our country and our community. These particular events made headlines, yet we must also acknowledge that there is a more insidious and constant racism that burdens people of color every day.

These latest incidents should serve as a reminder of the progress yet to be made. They are disgusting examples of hateful racism that clearly do not represent the Duluth I know and love. Yet, our collective response at this very moment can represent the community I believe in, a community where we are proud to raise our children. We have an opportunity to use this unacceptable and hurtful behavior to demonstrate Duluth’s true values. Once again, it may be difficult to speak, but it is absolutely impossible to remain silent.

As a community, we must stand united against these actions and make clear we have zero tolerance for racism. I strongly believe the vast majority of people in Duluth are compassionate, accepting people willing to stand up together for the sake of the entire community and combat racism, bigotry and other forms of oppression. Sadly, the actions of a few can disparage the entire community. Yet the collective response of many can inspire not only our own community but others as well.

Fortunately, we already know we have many courageous citizens and local organizations ready to step up and do this often difficult but crucial work. It already has been taking place right here in Duluth. Fellow partners of the Un-Fair Campaign already have been working together to end racism. I’ve been proud to stand with them and remain as committed as ever to continue our mission.

The process hasn’t been without controversy or misunderstanding from some, yet it’s clearer than ever the vital work must continue and expand. I urge all residents to become engaged in our effort. I hope folks will both join us in speaking out against these recent racist acts and, more importantly, further our collective commitment to eliminate racism from our entire community, ensuring everyone can enjoy the beautiful community we share here in Duluth.

Don Ness is mayor of Duluth. 

November 8th 2012

“An Event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent.” Edmund Burke

On Election Day, an effigy of President Barack Obama was discovered hanging on a billboard in the city of Duluth.

As stewards of a memorial, commemorated in our city on October 10, 2003 honoring the memory of three black men lynched here in 1920, CJMM,Inc. is compelled to speak out.

The Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial is a testament to the public’s commitment to acknowledge its painful history and to move forward to build a more just and inclusive community.

One of the quotes carved in the Memorial wall reads, “An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak and impossible to remain silent.” (Edmund Burke)

Tuesday’s symbolic act was another such event, and an assault on our community’s integrity. It was an act of injustice and exclusion. It was an ugly, hateful and blatantly racist way to express one’s opposition to our nation’s first African American President, seeking reelection on Election Day.

As a community, we cannot tolerate bigotry and hate. We cannot ignore or remain indifferent to the heinous nature of this act.

We can speak out and defy such behavior in our community. We can commit to actively eradicate racism and hatred in our midst.

Clayton, Jackson, McGhie, Inc. Board of Directors

In Solidarity with the following Un-Fair Campaign Partners – Office of the Mayor, University of Wisconsin – Superior, Duluth Human Rights Commission, Lutheran Social Services, CHUM, Peace Church, YWCA, League of Women Voters and Men As Peacemakers

As well of the Office of Cultural Diversity at UMD, Carl Crawford, Jay Newcomb The Center for Just Living, College of St. Scholastica, and  Emily Johnson and Nam Provost, Office of Institutional Diversity, College of St. Scholastica





CJMM, Inc. becomes a partner in the Un-Fair Campaign.  This campaign is a collaboration of community organizations working to address white privilege.  Learn more, get involved, and keep up to date HERE.


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the clayton jackson mcghie memorial is located at the corner of 1st street and 2nd avenue east in downtown duluth, minnesota.
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CJMM, Inc.
PO Box 3631
Duluth, MN 55803
Phone: (218)336-2990