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Robe worn by an unidentified member of the Ku Klux Klan

Manufactured by
Unidentified
Subject of
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944
Medium
cotton
Dimensions
H x W: 48 1/16 × 40 15/16 in. (122 × 104 cm)
Type
robes
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1935
Description
A Ku Klux Klan robe worn by a member of an undetermined rank. The calf-length robe is made from cotton and has full-length sleeves that are slightly flared near the cuff. Four white, plastic buttons are on the button band at the center front. Sewn over the left breast is a machine embroidered patch with an ivory satin cross outlined in black against a red satin background with a “blood drop,” embroidered in red, oriented vertically in the center of the cross. The black lines on the patch form a cross with a black diamond in the middle of the cross. The design is typically referred to as the "Mystic Insignia of a Klansman" (MIOAK). The robe has an attached circular half cape.
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Fraternal organizations
United States--History--1919-1933
United States--History--1933-1945
White supremacy movements
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift
Object number
2013.231.1.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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