• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS THE KU KLUX KLAN -- THE ORGANISATION IN AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH PLEDGED TO WHITE SUPREMACY -- STAGED THE WEDDING OF ONE OF ITS MEMBERS IN THE OPEN.

  • Description

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS THE KU KLUX KLAN -- THE ORGANISATION IN AMERICA'S DEEP SOUTH PLEDGED TO WHITE SUPREMACY -- STAGED THE WEDDING OF ONE OF ITS MEMBERS IN THE OPEN. THE NIGHT-TIME CEREMONY WAS STAGED ON SATURDAY NIGHT (MAY 22) IN A CORNFIELD ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE SMALL TOWN OF FARMVILLE, IN NORTH CAROLINA.

    THE KLAN WEDDING UNITED MRS. BESSIE TYSON, AGED 27, AND JAMES EARL TAYLOR, AGED 27, BOTH OF WHOM LIVE IN FARMVILLE. THEIR PREVIOUS MARRIAGES HAD ENDED IN DIVORCE. IT WAS THE PRINCIPLE EVENT OF A KLAN RALLY, ONE OF SEVERAL STAGED BY THE KU KLUX KLAN IN NORTH CAROLINA IN RECENT WEEKS.

    ABOUT 5000 PEOPLE, NOT ALL KLAN MEMBERS, GATHERED TO WATCH THE CEREMONY PERFORMED BY THE REVEREND GEORGE DORSETT, WHO CARRIES THE TITLE OF NATIONAL CHAPLAIN OF THE UNITED KLANS OF AMERICA. REVEREND DORSETT, DRESSED IN JACK BOOTS AND A BLACK SATIN ROBE, ADMINISTERED THE VOWS ACCORDING TO THE KLAN'S FORMULA WHICH INCLUDES THE PHRASE 'LAWFULLY WEDDED KLAN SPOUSE'.

    AFTER THE RALLY, TAYLOR, A CAR BODY BUILDER, SAID THAT HE HAD MARRIED AT THE KLAN RALLY BECAUSE IT IS THE PROPER PLACE FOR IT. I BELIEVE IN THE KLAN'.

    THE RALLY AND THE CEREMONY CAME TO AN END WITH THE SINGING OF HYMNS AND THE RITUAL BURNING OF THE CROSS -- THE NOW FAMILIAR TRADE-MARK OF THE KLAN WHICH SPRANG INTO BEING JUST ABOUT 100 YEARS AGO AFTER THE END OF AMERICA'S WAR BETWEEN THE STATES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6BJMM85WENBSJZGR5KUWX4Z2N
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BJMM85WENBSJZGR5KUWX4Z2N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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