June 28

“The spirit of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest hovered over Charlottesville recently, and the fiery cross, symbolic of the Invisible Empire and of the unconquered and unconquerable blood of America, cast an eerie sheen upon a legion of white robed Virginians as they stood upon hallowed ground and renewed the faith of their fathers.

Which is by way of saying that the Ku Klux Klan has been organized in this city. Hundreds of Charlottesville’s leading business and professional men met around the tomb of Jefferson at the midnight hour one night last week and sealed the pledge of chivalry and patriotism with the deepest crimson of red American blood. It is said that the reorganization of the Klan is proceeding rapidly throughout the State, the South and the Nation.”

– The Daily Progress June 28, 1921

The following day, The Daily Progress reported: “Thousands of members of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will assemble in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday July 1st for one of the largest celebrations ever held since the organization was founded six years ago. “

A rally, organized by the North Carolina group of the Ku Klux Klan is scheduled to be held July 8 in Justice Park.

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