Created by
Used by
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944
silk satin and metal passementerie
H x W: 57 1/2 × 38 1/2 in. (146.1 × 97.8 cm)
An ivory and blue silk satin Ku Klux Klan parade banner. The banner has an ivory silk background with a red silk cross appliqued in the center and [DERRY KLAN / NO. / 147] embroidered across the bottom in red silk thread. At the top of the banner is a blue silk flap with the letters [KKKK] appliqued in white silk across the top edge. The bottom edge of the flap and the bottom edge of the banner have coiled metal fringe held in place with a woven, flat metal tape across the front side of the banner. The left and right sides of the banner have been edged in galloons with an oscillating decorative motif on the front and back sides. The back of the banner is made from dark blue silk satin. An American flag with 48 stars is embroidered on the blue silk. A metal tassel hangs from a chain on the embroidered pole of the flag, with the tassel and chain tacked in place.
Objects depicting symbols of hate or related to organized hate groups may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate history and culture.
Place used
Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States, North and Central America
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Associations and institutions
Fraternal organizations
United States History
White supremacy movements
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Danny Drain, Walterboro, SC
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Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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