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Cumberland, Maryland (Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland)

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headquarters, together with several high officers of the order, following which, at two o'clock in the afternoon, the members wended their way in groups and by automobile to the field secured for their ceremonies, which was located about two miles out on the Bedford Road. Speeches were delivered during the afternoon and refreshments were served. The scheduled airplane flight was not given due to the fact that the airplane met with an accident on the way here from Elkins and could not be repaired in time. Vast crowds congregated at Baltimore and Mechanic Streets at seven o'clock at night when an American flag was raised on top of the I. O. O. F. Temple. Klansmen, including Imperial Wizard Evans and his officers in full regalia, were stationed on the roof around the flagpole, with a large number of Klansmen assembled on the street below. Following music by the band and an invocation and speech, the flag was raised as the band played the National Anthem and the crowd cheered. A line of parade was then formed and, headed by the officers and a blazing cross, with the Patriotic Order Sons of America band in front, the procession marched up Baltimore Street to Decatur Street and then out the Bedford Road to the field. Thousands lined the streets and sidewalks, while still other thousands went out to the field as far as permitted to view the ceremonies. Klansmen were stationed along the route to direct those who were on their way to the field. It was a moonlit night and the field was also brilliantly lighted artificially. Every Klansman seemed to carry a flashlight which he used. Likewise, there was a large searchlight on the field which was used effectively. In the field the Klansmen assembled in two squares through which no non-members were admitted, although every courtesy was shown and one could see most of what was going on, even if he could not hear. The ritual was brief and then an


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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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