Remembering the 100-Year Anniversary of the Death of Finnish Immigrant
Olli Kinkkonen was hanged in Lester Park for his acts, or lack thereof.
DULUTH, Minn.- Sept. 18, 1918 marks the supposed lynching of Finnish immigrant Olli Kinkkonen.
The story goes that Olli refused to fight in World War I and there was a toss up on if he was a peaceful man refusing to fight or an outspoken anti-war advocate.
A group known as the “Knights of Loyalty” labeled men who didn’t go to war as ‘slackers,’ abducted Olli, and likely hanged him from a tree in Lester Park. Some think it could have been suicide, however.
Olli was originally buried in an unmarked grave at the Duluth Park Hill Cemetery, but in 1993, a Finnish Cultural Group put a marker on his grave calling him a ‘Victim of Warmongers.”