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Cumberland, Maryland (Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland)

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official, through a megaphone, called the many candidates for initiation by towns and they were initiated, numbering about two hundred in all. There were three lighted crosses on the field, two large ones and a smaller one. The scene was impressive even to a non-Klansman. Bombs were exploded as a finale and following speeches, the ceremonies concluded. Excellent order prevailed throughout. There was no sign of discord at any point or at any time during the day. The Klansmen came on ceremonial business and carried it out as pre-arranged. The public assembled to see the sight, a curious one to most of the spectators who had never before seen a Klansman in regalia. None were masked within the city limits. The police, in direct charge of Commissioner Harry Irvine and Chief of Police Eyerman, had no trouble at all for their arrangements were such that they were able to care for the vast crowd of pedestrians and vehicles and kept traffic moving effectively and well. The only disappointment seemed to be that the parade was not so large as had been expected. This was caused by a large number of the Klansmen being shunted along a different route and they did not follow the main lead of officers along Baltimore Street.

On September 18, 1924, at the meeting of the Cumberland City Council, permission was granted Fort Cumberland Klan No. 37, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, to parade in the city on the evening of Saturday, October 11. The permit was granted with the understanding that marchers could wear their gowns or regalia the same as any other organization or society, but that the participants be unmasked. This action followed the reading of a letter from the local Klan organization in which they also asked that its members be permitted to assist the police in the handling of traffic signs. Mayor Thomas


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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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