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KKK Robe to Be Auctioned

A New Hampshire auctioneer says a Rochester woman found the robe in her attic with her father's name inscribed and that no one in the family knew he was affiliated with the hate group.



    KKK Robe to Be Auctioned
    Ku Klux Klansmen in full regalia, march around the town square, Swainsboro, Georgia, USA, Feb. 4th, 1948, prior to burning a cross outside the Emanuel County Courthouse. They paraded in full regalia for the first time since the nineteen-twenties, when the klan was in its heyday. (AP Photo)

    The white robe of a Ku Klux Klansman from Rochester, New Hampshire, is on the auction block.

    Auctioneer Scott Morrill says a woman found the robe in her attic. The woman removed the KKK's distinctive scarlet patch with a white cross to clean the robe and found her father's name inscribed there. Nobody in the family knew he was affiliated with the white supremacist hate group.

    Morrill said Tuesday that he debated whether to sell a symbol of hate but, as he has done with Nazi paraphernalia, decided the historical value of the garment outweighed other concerns.

    The veteran auctioneer can't find another example of one being sold this way, so has no idea what it could fetch when it's sold Tuesday night.

    He declined to reveal the woman's name, saying she wished to remain anonymous.

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