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Washington Wizard: 1925

Washington Wizard: 1925

August 8, 1925. "Dr. H.W. Evans, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, K.K.K. parade, Washington." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Heritage of Hate

During my mother's childhood, the family had to pick up and move in the middle of the night several times because the Klan was on the way. My grandfather was a Cherokee married to a white woman. My mother, now 89 with a memory full of holes, still recalled one of those nights of terror just yesterday.She will never forget, nor should we.

Symbols of horror

When I see images such as these, my daydreams of living in the '20s change to nightmares.

We just hate them what ain't like us

Read the wikipedia on this guy. He was a nasty piece of work.


What a disgrace to our history.


That Indiana now boasts the highest number of Klan members, with Ohio not far behind.

Listen Phil- -

we really have to get together on these uniforms, people are beginning to talk.

Evil passing for silly

Today some may be inclined to laugh at the silly costumes, especially the straw hats, but evil often goes unnoticed for being so commonplace.

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