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Ku Klux Klan Demonstration

Antietam National Battlefield

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The World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a demonstration at the Mumma Farm on June 10th under the terms of a First Amendment right special use permit. The permit covered the period from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a 2 p.m. start time for the demonstration. A multi-agency planning effort began in April, with the early involvement of the DOI Solicitor’s Office in the development of the permit and a record of determination for special closures. An emergency law and order request was submitted to the Washington Office to cover the security and management of the demonstration. Law enforcement officers from the NPS, the US Park Police, the Maryland State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office provided security, staffed checkpoints, and separated the 50 Klan members and supporters from an opposing group of 40 Confederate re-enactors, townspeople and anti-Klan demonstrators who had been issued a permit for their counter-demonstration. The event was managed under ICS. Klan members and their supporters had to go through a magnetometer and were then driven to the Mumma Farm rally site in NPS vans driven by NPS rangers. Towards the end of the rally, a USPP reaction team and a horse-mounted team were position between the two groups due to heated exchanges between them. At the same time as this event, the park was also hosting a 5K run and a weekend artillery demonstration. There were no significant incidents at the Klan demonstration. The park extends its appreciation to the US Park Police, Maryland State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Colonial NHP for their support in the planning for the demonstration and the support of nine other NCR and NER parks and to NCRO for providing 19 protection rangers and status check-in personnel.


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