A question about the KKK

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Arctic Fox

Sun Prairie, WI

#1 Feb 16, 2011
A friend of mine is writing a book and asked for my help researching some things for her. Does anyone know who the Grand Dragon of the KKK was in Indiana approximately around 1977? This isn't exactly something a quick google search can find.
Ball State

United States

#2 Feb 17, 2011
is a good resource for research projects.
prius

Berea, KY

#3 Feb 18, 2011
Tell her to look into Mansfield, Indiana around that time frame
AMY

United States

#4 Feb 21, 2011
the name escapes me at the moment. I will post when I think of it. Go to google maps...Mansfield. Go north on Mill Rd. There is a body of water on the right. Past that on the left appears to be 2 buildings, you can also see a large machine shed. That is where he lived...he is deceased, as well as his wife whose maiden name was Crowder. They had a male lion sometimes chained, sometimes caged out back. I actually was there several times in the 80's.
AMY

United States

#5 Feb 21, 2011
I have a book topic for her. IT could be titled.
"Good Old Boys" Deaths and Deception in Parke County.
it could be a series, so much goes on here.
Arctic Fox

Sun Prairie, WI

#6 Feb 22, 2011
Thanks for the responses. We are going to be visiting the area in May. AMY, she is hoping to turn this into a book series.
AMY

United States

#7 Feb 23, 2011
it ALL ties together... Oh! what a tangled web we weave; When first we practise to deceive!...

if she really wants to complete a series she should use a pseudonym....and that's NO JOKE

there are plenty around here that would be will to help. Keep posting.
AMY

United States

#8 Feb 23, 2011
Art Taylor
Mysti

Sun Prairie, WI

#9 Feb 23, 2011
AMY wrote:
it ALL ties together... Oh! what a tangled web we weave; When first we practise to deceive!...
if she really wants to complete a series she should use a pseudonym....and that's NO JOKE
there are plenty around here that would be will to help. Keep posting.
She'll be using a pseudonym, but I wonder if it will be enough. It's a work of fiction with some real-life details. I don't know the legal ramifications of it all.
Piatsville

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Mar 13, 2011
Art Taylor was not the Grand Dragon....it was his son Kenny. Art was involved in the Klan and held a Ralley there once around that time. Art was a good person....but very old school in his views
Stacia Strickler-Lopez

Hobbs, NM

#11 Jun 15, 2011
Art taylor is my great uncle....i can remember as a kid all the kkk activity, however my grandpa joe kiger kept me pretty sheltered from that side of the family....everytime we would go to the mansfield festival we would always stop in and say hello and go see the lion. As far as the family history goes he was the grand dragon then stepped down many years ago when his son took over that title
Ferndale girl

Camp Lejeune, NC

#12 Jun 29, 2011
Anyone of the residents of Mansfield can tell you about Art. The Berry's, Crowder's and Lemont's all lived there in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Everyone in the area of Mansfield, Ferndale and the surrounding areas were friends with the family. Not that the people who lived in the area were affiliated with the clan. Art was a good man, he never tried to "convert" people to his way of thinking. It was never even spoke about when we were over there. The only time you knew something was going on was when he would let everyone know so we stayed away. Other than the school bus stopping there to pick up and drop off the kids during rallies, we were never around during clan time! I do remember as a kid driving into town, Rockville, there would be clan members with the robes standing at the stop light in front of the court house handing out pamphlets to passing motorists and pedestrians. That was really the only recruitment that I knew of from the area clan. Good luck on the book and research!
Been There

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Jul 16, 2011
Does anyone ever hear of current Klan activity in Parke County anymore? I'm sure they're still active, but I haven't heard of anything in probably 15 years...
newbreed

Kewanna, IN

#14 Jul 4, 2012
the kkk are a group of extinct pathetic individuals. why dont you write a book on something interesting like police corruption?
live there

United States

#16 Dec 31, 2014
Ken Taylor still lives at mansfield. and will give you information on the Klan when ask..

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