#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:

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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