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Ku Klux Klan (Active U.S. Hate Groups)

The Ku Klux Klan, with its mystique and its long history of violence, is the most infamous -- and oldest -- of American hate groups. Although blacks have typically been the Klan's primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, homosexuals and, until recently, Catholics. Over the years since it was formed in December 1865, the Klan has typically seen itself as a Christian organization, although in modern times Klan groups are motivated by a variety of theological and political ideologies.



Started during Reconstruction at the end of the Civil War, the Klan quickly mobilized as a vigilante group to intimidate Southern blacks -- and any whites who would help them -- and to prevent them from enjoying basic civil rights. Outlandish titles (like Imperial Wizard and Exalted Cyclops), hooded costumes, violent "night rides" and the notion that the group comprised an "invisible empire" conferred a mystique that only added to the Klan's popularity. Lynchings, tar-and-featherings, rape and other violent attacks on those challenging white supremacy became a hallmark of the Klan.



After a short but violent period, the "first era" Klan disbanded after Jim Crow laws secured the domination of Southern whites. But the Klan enjoyed a huge revival in the 1920s when it opposed (mainly Catholic and Jewish) immigration. By 1925, when its followers staged a huge Washington, D.C., march, the Klan had as many as 5 million members and, in some states, considerable political power. But a series of sex scandals, internal battles over power and newspaper exposés quickly reduced its influence.



The Klan arose a third time during the 1960s to oppose the civil rights movement and to preserve segregation in the face of unfavorable court rulings. The Klan's bombings, murders and other attacks took a great many lives including, among others, four young girls killed while preparing for services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.



Since the 1970s the Klan has been greatly weakened by internal conflicts, court cases, a seemingly endless series of splits and government infiltration. While some factions have preserved an openly racist and militant approach, others have tried to enter the mainstream, cloaking their racism as mere "civil rights for whites." Today, the Center estimates that there are a total of 5,500 to 6,000 Klan members, split among scores of different -- and often warring -- organizations that use the Klan name.





City Chapter Group







Alabama







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Beaverton · Ku Klux Klan LLC

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Grand Bay · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Red Bay · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Summerdale · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Thorsby · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Wetumpka · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Arizona







Mesa · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Arkansas







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Compton · Ku Klux Klan LLC

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Concord · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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East Camden · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Harrison · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Heber Springs · Ameriklan

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Malvern · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Smackover · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ward · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Winslow · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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California







Citrus Heights · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Crescent City · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Newport Beach · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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San Clemente · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Soledad · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Colorado







Olathe · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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District of Columbia







Washington · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Florida







· Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Gainesville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Gainsville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Homosassa · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Milton · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Naples · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Pensacola · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Silver Springs · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Georgia







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Buchanan · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Cordele · American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ellijay · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ft. Oglethorpe · North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Hiram · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Register · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Savannah · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Illinois







Beardstown · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Litchfield · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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North Riverside · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Prospect Heights · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Troy · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Indiana







Center Point · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mishiwaka · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Portage · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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South Bend · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Iowa







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Kansas







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Kentucky







Dawson Springs · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Leitchfield · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Lexington · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Louisville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Powderly · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Shepardsville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Louisiana







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Calhoun · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Denham Springs · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Homer · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mansfield · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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St. Amant · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Walker · Louisiana White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Watson · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Maryland







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Sharpsburg · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Michigan







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Fraser · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ironwood · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Kalamazoo · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mississippi







Fulton · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Lucedale · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Petal · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Richton · Bayou Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Robinsonville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Star · Orion Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Missouri







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Salem · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Sparta · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Nebraska







Omaha · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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New Jersey







· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Gibbsboro · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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New York







· Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ku Klux Klan

North Carolina







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Beulaville · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Elizabethtown · International White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Henderson · Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Lawndale · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Lincolnton · Southern Realm Invisible Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc

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Madison · Free Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mount Holly · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Raleigh · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ohio







· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Amelia · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Cincinnati · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Dayton · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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· Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Germantown · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Marion · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Springfield · Aryan Knights of the Confederacy

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St. Clairsville · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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St. Marys · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Oklahoma







Cement · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Coalgate · Brotherhood of Klans knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Coweta · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Hinton · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku klux Klan

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Lawton · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Wynnewood · Southern Patriot Organized Order of Knights Ku Klux Klan

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Pennsylvania







· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Boothwyn · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Johnstown · International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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New Castle · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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South Carolina







· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Charleston · Carolina White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Enoree · Invisible Empire of the International Knights

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Tennessee







· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Bolivar · World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Dandridge · Knights of Yahweh

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Dunlap · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Greenville · Knights of Bedford Forest of the Ku Klux Klan

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Jonesborough · Cleveland Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Morristown · Knights of Yahweh

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Mountain City · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Nashville · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Newport · Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Ramer · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Springfield · U.S. Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Waynesboro · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Texas







Austin · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Blue Ridge · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Cleveland · White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Dallas · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Red Oak · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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San Angelo · American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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San Antonio · Texas Knights of the Invisible Empire Inc.

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San Leon · Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Somerset · Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Thorndale · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Vermont







Bomoseen · Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Virginia







· Southern White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Danville · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Delaplane · Mystic Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Harrisonburg · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Martinsville · Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Virginia Beach · Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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West Virginia







· Imperial Klans of America Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Daniels · Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mineral Wells · White Shield Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Wisconsin







Hurley · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Mercer · National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Westfield · Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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