Raid by 500 Indians balks North Carolina Klan rally.

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“Raid by 500 Indians balks North Carolina Klan rally.” New York Times January 19, 1958, page 1.


This article provides a fairly detailed description of the rally, which received extensive national publicity (see The Lumbee Indians: an annotated bibliography, pages 146-151). The rally, attended by 100 Klansmen, was dispersed by 500 Lumbees, many of whom carried squirrel guns and hunting knives. Lumbees shot out the tires on the car that had hauled in the electricity generator. They demanded that Klan wizard James W. Cole, the scheduled speaker, come forward, but he did not. After someone threw a tear gas bomb into the crowd, the rally broke up. The only injuries were minor ones to four individuals.

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