Cumberland, Maryland (Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland)
from nearby states and Imperial Officers in large numbers were expected to deliver talks on Americanism and other subjects akin to the Order. An airplane flight was to be included in the day's festivities, an airship having been ordered here from Elkins, West Virginia, which would be steered by a Philadelphia aeronaut who would perform stunts while flying over the city and adjacent field wherein the Klan held its initiation. Wing walking and parachute jumping were some of the stunts to be performed. Fort Cumberland Klan No. 37, which comprised Allegany County, had a membership of 3,200 of whom 1,800 were Cumberlanders. The permission to hold the parade was given, it was stated, with the special proviso that no masks be worn. The program for the affair was as follows: 2:00 PM, presentation of the Imperial Wizard, Grand Dragon of Maryland and other Grand Officers; 2:30 PM, departure of all Klansmen for the place of naturalization, a private field having been secured for this purpose; 3:00 PM, an address by Imperial Wizard H. W. Evans, Grand Dragon of Maryland, and other Grand Officers; 4:00 PM, refreshments of all kinds were to be served on the field.
On Saturday evening, May 17, 1924, Cumberland received its first real insight of the Ku Klux Klan en masse when a large number of members of the organization assembled here for a series of ceremonies under auspices of Fort Cumberland Klan No. 37. In addition to the Klan assemblage, which was certainly imposing in numbers, thousands of people gathered along Baltimore and adjacent streets, many curious, many interested. The scene outside Klan headquarters on South Mechanic Street was a busy one all the day long, featured by incoming Klansmen who arrived on foot, by train and automobile. A reception was given Imperial Wizard H. W. Evans, Grand Dragon of Maryland, at
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976