A Joe’s Crab Shack in Minnesota is under fire after it used a photo of a lynching as table decor.
According to the Minneapolis NAACP, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen noticed the picture embedded inside the table, which depicts the public execution of at least one black person. The caption at the top reads, “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895.” The caption at the bottom reads, “All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.”
Williams and Allen were shocked and upset by the decoration.
“Although the manager was apologetic about the lynching depiction, that does not change the fact that this sickening image of black men being lynched was intentionally embedded inside of a table,” Williams said. “This type of blatant racism should not be tolerated in this country, or in our local and national eating establishments. I have felt sick to my stomach and stressed out since seeing that image on the table where I was planning to eat my food.”
David Catalano, COO Ignite Restaurant Group, Joe’s Crab Shack parent company, apologized for the decoration, saying in a statement, “We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image and we look forward to continuing to serve the Roseville community.”