Manufactured by
Belding Brothers and Company, American, 1860 - 1932
Used by
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944
silk and cotton satin with buckram
H x W x D (hood): 32 × 10 1/4 × 5 in. (81.3 × 26 × 12.7 cm)
An ivory-colored, conical-shaped Ku Klux Klan (KKK) hood with a back flap with rounded corners and an attached face mask, associated with 2012.134.5.1abcd (robe) and 2012.134.5.2 (cape). The hat and back flap are made from half silk satin: silk warp with a cotton weft. The face mask is made from unlined, rayon satin. The back flap is self-lined. The face mask has eye openings edged in embroidery. Embroidered in red silk thread on the proper left side of the cap is the text [83 / N.Y.]. Two red, rayon tassels with a wood form are sewn to the point of the cap. The inside of the cap portion is lined with buckram and edged at the crown with brown painted canvas.On the proper right side of the buckram lining, just above the canvas rim, is a stamp in brown ink [7 1/4].
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
New York, United States, North and Central America
hoods (headgear)
Associations and institutions
Clothing and dress
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
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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