Announcing the 'Which OC Pioneers Were KKK Members?' Series!
Last week, Luis F. Fernandez--the historian who rediscovered the long-forgotten desegregation story of Alex Bernal--went to the Anaheim Heritage Room and got a copy of a list that had long eluded him: the membership roll of the Orange County chapter of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s, when the Invisible Empire took over Anaheim and had a member list into the hundreds. He graciously provided the Weekly a copy, and boy, are we going to have fun over the next couple of weeks!
The provenance of the list is unknown--no one knows for sure who compiled it or even when--but it does list the names, addresses and occupations for hundreds of men. It was instrumental in defeating the Klan, an incident long celebrated by orange-crate historians. Most of the names are that of regular ol' working-class Whites--but not all of them.
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