#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.

By |2017-08-18T12:18:44-05:00August 18th, 2017|News|13 Comments

About the Author:

Rachel Stone is the Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com or follow twitter.com/advocate_oc.                                     

13 Comments

  1. KeepOurFreedoms August 25, 2017 at 4:27 PM

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

  2. Tony Hammontree August 25, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    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”.

  3. KeepOurFreedoms August 24, 2017 at 10:24 AM

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

  4. KeepOurFreedoms August 24, 2017 at 10:22 AM

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

  5. Tony Hammontree August 24, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    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?

  6. PeterTx52 August 24, 2017 at 5:48 AM

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

  7. PeterTx52 August 24, 2017 at 5:47 AM

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

  8. Tony Hammontree August 23, 2017 at 6:51 PM
  9. Tony Hammontree August 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM
  10. Tony Hammontree August 22, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    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.

  11. dhusu August 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM

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

  12. Tony Hammontree August 21, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    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

  13. downtownworker August 19, 2017 at 12:34 AM

    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/

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