Thursday, March 8, 2018

St Lawrence Co Klan History Talk March 15th

A KKK cross-burningAuthor and historian Bryan Thompson will speak on a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan that was active in St. Lawrence County in the 1920s at the next Brown Bag Lunch Series at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in Canton, NY, on Thursday, March 15th at noon.

Local KKK members held rallies and cross burnings in many towns and hamlets in St. Lawrence County, where they targeted communities of African-Americans, Jews, and Catholics.

Bryan Thompson, a seventh generation St. Lawrence County native, is the municipal historian for the town of DeKalb. While deputy and town historian, he received the Hackman Research Fellowship and the Dearstyne Award for Excellence from the state archives. He is also the author of the popular article on this topic that appeared in the SLCHA Quarterly in 2017.

Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. 

For more information about the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, call (315) 386-8133 or e-mail info@slcha.org.

Photo: A KKK cross-burning, courtesy Library of Congress.

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