Grand Dragon Ku Klux Klan Robe and Hood

Robes and hoods used to designate rank in notorious organization

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One of the most recognized symbols of the white supremacy movement is the white robe and hood of the Ku Klux Klan.

Various colors of KKK robes, however, indicate rank within the organization. This orange robe and hood belonged to the Grand Dragon (represented on the robe by the letters "G" and "D"), the highest-ranking KKK official in Texas. While the Ku Klux Klan was founded following the Civil War, local groups persisted through the 20th century, when the robes and hoods were used to conceal the identities of its members, which could include prominent businessmen, police officers, and high-ranking public officials.

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