The Tarheel State had a reputation as the most progressive in the country on race relations. But it also had the biggest Klan chapter in the South.
If you were driving through North Carolina in the mid-1960s, chances are you’d see this billboard:
Klan support in the South was not exactly breaking news. What made these highway signs stand out was the fact that they were fairly common in what had long been considered the most progressive state in the region, where the civil rights movement had been met with a minimum of bloodshed and violence. But the fact is, by 1966 the Tar Heel State had over 10,000 KKK members, more than all the other Southern states combined. (Source: Read more)