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Cumberland, Maryland (Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland)

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on which were numerous questions concerning religious beliefs and scruples as well as personal history. Then came the recommendation of a Brother in the Order. Then the prospect handed over six dollars. Being one hundred percent American, according to the Klan, meant opposition to Catholics, Jews and Negroes, as far as permitting them to have any hand in the operation of the government of the country.

On Saturday evening, March 18, 1922, the Klansmen were in evidence in Cumberland, and the heavy detonation of a high explosive that shook the houses above the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on Baltimore Street was heard throughout the city. It attracted the attention of thousands to a large firey cross burning on the top of the hill above Baltimore Street. The cross burned for about fifteen minutes before toppling over in smouldering embers. Mr. Charles Fadely, Sr., who lived near the site of the cross burning, stated that several men drove to that point in an automobile, quickly but quietly erected the cross, set off the explosive charge, and hurriedly departed from the scene. Whilst people on Baltimore Street and from other points of vantage were viewing the burning cross, they were again surprised when six large automobiles, crowded with men in the white costume of the Ku Klux Klan, drove rapidly down the main business thoroughfare, across the bridge, and were lost to view as they quickly climbed the Washington Street hill. In the summer of 1921, it was understood, a branch of the organization had been formed in Cumberland, many well-known citizens being among its members. Except for the fact that one of its outspoken adherents was one of the successful candidates in the fall election of 1921, little was heard of the Klan's activities until Saturday night. Rumors were rife throughout the city on Saturday to the


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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