Updated: 06/16/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 5:41 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
It's been 94 years since three black men were lynched on Duluth's central hillside for a crime they didn't commit. Community members and leaders gathered Monday for ceremony to remember the senseless violence.
"We are rightfully proud of the heritage of our community," Mayor Don Ness said. "We also are ashamed."
The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial is a reminder of the past, but it plays an important role in the present. It's giving our younger generation motivation to make a difference.
"I've overcome so many things," Denfeld graduate Taneasha Muonio said. "I have a 4.0 and I'm going to private college."
Muonio received the memorial board's scholarship for college. She said she's a victim of racism and she described it as an unhealed wound.
"There's a part of me that hurts everyday; a part of me that's raw," Muonio said.
Instead of feeling sorry for herself, the Denfeld graduate is working to make a change.
"I'm going to go to the cities and learn what it's like to be from an area with a lot of different cultures and I'm bringing it back," Muonio said. "I'm making a difference."
Muonio's godmother is Natasha Lancour who faces a disorderly conduct charge. The arrest was caught on camera and Lancour said it's evidence of racism in the Twin Ports. Lancour's case is still pending and she spoke at the event.
"Yes, my face was the one being beaten by a Wisconsin officer last January," Lancour said. "I refuse to call him Superior."
The week of remembrance wrapped up with a meet and greet with the author of the Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota.
Blue Angels Practice For Weekend Air Show in Duluth
It's breathtaking and maybe a little nerve racking to watch, but it's a typical day at the office for Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz. The Blue Angels went up for a practice run Thursday. They're in town for the Duluth Air Show that kicks off on Saturday.
Navy Divers Show Off Their Skills at Great Lakes Aquarium
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Northland Kids Hang Out With Navy Seals in Duluth
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