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Duluth Man Asks City Leaders to Address Memorial Crime

Updated: 08/26/2014 10:37 PM
Created: 08/26/2014 5:15 PM WDIO.com

A Duluth man said he has a special connection to the Clayton, Jackson, McGhie Memorial in Downtown Duluth, and yesterday, he asked City Council members for their help in keeping it a clean and safe place to remember the three men who were lynched there many years ago.

Henry Banks addressed the Duluth City Council at their Monday meeting. He said the memorial has become a place for drug use, drinking and even soliciting sex.

"I see between one and two people soliciting for sex. I see people there with open bottled alcoholic beverages, and they're doing it as though it's ok to do it," Banks said. 

Banks said city leaders aren't moving fast enough to fix the problem. He suggested higher police presence and more trespassing tickets for people taking part in illegal activities near the memorial.

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