A historical photo of a black man getting hanged was used as décor on a table at Joe’s Crab Shack in Roseville, Minn. After an offended patron posted it on social media, the restaurant released an apology.
Restaurant-goer Tyrone Williams, of Minneapolis, wrote Wednesday on his Facebook:
“This is on our table at Joe’s Crab shack in Roseville, MN it’s the lynching of two black men in Groesbeck, Texas in 1895 they we’re accused of robbing and murdering a white man with a rock it’s sad this is the image we have to look at in a Crab shack that has nothing to do with Texas it’s crazy how a brother can’t get a break me and Chauntyll Allen can’t get a break lol we just wanted some all you can eat Crab legs smh and now we got to go. We can’t take this anymore.”
David Catalano, Chief Operating Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, released a statement to Fox 9 on Thursday apologizing for the “unacceptable” photo — “We take this matter very seriously, and the photo in question was immediately removed. We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.”