Dark Days of the Ku Klux Klan Parading Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is absolutely horrifying.

Some of you may not know this, but in 1928 (and a number of other times in the 1920s), the Ku Klux Klan was permitted to parade down Pennsylvania Ave. Hard to believe, I know.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • “the Ku Klux Klan was permitted to parade . . . Hard to believe, I know.”
    It is hard to believe that even hatful speech and expression were once permitted. We have come a long way, baby! If you rephrase the Bill of Rights a majority of Americans will find many of those old “rights” objectionable.

  • Jessica Ferrer

    Not so hard to believe when Democratic luminaries like Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) was once a member of the KKK. Ironically, after supporting racial discrimination early on in his political career, on May 19, 2008, Byrd endorsed Barack Obama.