Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 5 pm – 6:30 pm
In 1869, a federal grand jury declared the Ku Klux Klan to be a terrorist organization. In January 1871, the US Congress convened a committee which took testimony from witnesses about Klan atrocities. The results were published in 1872 in a 13 volume "Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire in to the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States." Volume II contains the testimony taken by the committee in relation to North Carolina, as well as the report of the trials in the United States circuit court held in Raleigh. These primary sources paint a jarring, yet little known picture of our state’s past.
Join Carolina K-12, the NC Museum of History, & the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition to shine a light on this historical record and learn about the activities of the KKK and other hate groups in late-1800s North Carolina, state and national governmental responses, and ultimately, the KKK testimonies and trials themselves. We will also examine the complex ways this history is still with us today, including the recent invocation of the resulting 1871 KKK Act in a federal lawsuit.
Panelists will include Freddie Parker (Professor, Emeritus of American History, NCCU), Glenn Hinson (Associate Professor, American Studies & Anthropology, UNC-CH), and Ted Shaw (Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC-CH). A discussion will be moderated by James Williams (Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition).
Attending K-12 teachers will receive accompanying lesson plans post-attendance; CEUs are available.
This event is provided by Carolina K-12, the NC Museum of History, and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, with funding from the Braitmayer Foundation.