Open Doors 2021: Remembering the 1920 Duluth lynchings |

Open Doors 2021: Remembering the 1920 Duluth lynchings

Updated: February 11, 2021 06:31 PM
Created: February 11, 2021 02:15 PM

Educators can now take advantage of a free program for their students, that looks at the breakdown of the justice system that lead to the lynchings of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie. June 15, 2020, marked the 100 year anniversary of that terrible day in Duluth.

"That travesty from 1920 is the quintessential failure of the rule of law, and denial of due process. Obviously the courts have an interest in educating and preventing this from happening again," explained Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois.

He said that the courts were working with the CJM Memorial group and wanted to make sure there was a way to expand this from beyond a one day event, and into an educational opportunity.

That's how the lesson plan called A Century-Old Injustice: Remembering the 1920 Duluth Lynchings came to be.

It's part of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota's Open Doors program.

Usually, volunteer lawyers and judges head out of their courtrooms and into the classrooms. But because of COVID, the 2021 version is now available online.

"We were really sad we weren't able to go to the classrooms this year. But the silver lining is, because we are remote, we're no longer limited with our volunteers, who are primarily in the Twin Ciites. We are sending this out to 100s and 100s of educators, and schools we haven't been able to work with before," shared Magistrate Judge Kate Menendez.

There are two versions, which can be shortened and expanded.

Click the link to find the materials:

The courts say that judges and lawyers who worked on the project will visit your students, virtually, to listen to presentations and provide critiques.

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