#FBF: When Dallas was the most racist city in America

The drum corps of the Dallas Women’s KKK poses in front of Union Station around 1930. The Dallas Klan No. 66 at one time was the largest KKK chapter in the nation. (Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress and the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)
The drum corps of the Dallas Women’s KKK poses in front of Union Station around 1930. The Dallas Klan No. 66 at one time was the largest KKK chapter in the nation. (Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress and
the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)

Less than 100 years ago, Texas embodied the Ku Klux Klan, and Dallas was its heart.

In the 1920s, the Dallas chapter of the KKK was the largest in the United States.

From the February Advocate:

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The Dallas Klan No. 66 had about 13,000 members in the 1920s; it was the largest chapter in the United States, according to Michael Phillips’ 2004 book “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001”. Hiram Wesley Evans, a dentist with a practice downtown, became national leader of the KKK in 1922.

Read the full story about KKK parades in Oak Cliff and powerful racists in Dallas here.

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  • KeepOurFreedoms

    I’ve always heard that Oak Cliff makes up 1/3 of Dallas.

  • Tony Hammontree

    Oh no, Oak Cliff is a large geographic portion of Dallas. The blue part is what Advocate Oak Cliff believes to be Oak Cliff, or they say “distribution coverage area”.

  • KeepOurFreedoms

    Are you saying that the blue area is Oak Cliff, and nothing more?

  • KeepOurFreedoms

    Why are you trying to stir up more trouble in Dallas?

  • Tony Hammontree

    The sad reality is that they are fully aware that this is not Oak Cliff or Preston Hollow, and they will be honest with you and say that it’s their distribution area. (I do appreciate their honesty). – Speaking as an Oak Cliff resident I have known plenty of people who had know I idea that Oak Cliff extended across I35E. The reason I believe is because of media outlets like this who marginalize that half (east or South Oak Cliff like you mentioned below).

    You seem well acquainted with Dallas, what do you think?

  • PeterTx52

    and they believe that Preston Hollow extends up to 635 and all the way over to Midway

  • PeterTx52

    excludes the folks who live along Ledbetter all the way up to HI67

  • Tony Hammontree
  • Tony Hammontree
  • Tony Hammontree

    I think the map should be updated so that the streets are correct and that it ends on zang/beckley, because according to residents that live in 75203 (like lake cliff) they aren’t in the distributed area.

  • dhusu

    That map is way off, Marsalis cuts through 1-35 & intersects Colorado. Also 75208 should be 75203

  • Tony Hammontree

    I don’t even know why Advocate Oak Cliff is writing about racism when they exclude the side of Oak Cliff that is majority black. The small piece the treads across I35e is the whitest portition of East Oak Cliff. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22f77c0bb18652d7b1a88843869ad4dff6c2ead60b7d78b810a16d52831da5bd.jpg

  • downtownworker

    This and the D Magazine story “When Dallas Was The Most Racist City in America” should be required reading for anyone who loves this city.
    https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2017/june/when-dallas-was-the-most-racist-city-in-america/