July 17, 2019: Preserving the Uncomfortable

Cover page of the 1923 Ku Klux Klan by-laws.

While I have found items related to cooking or war, today I cataloged an item sobering to read, but important to preserve. I came across a copy of the 1923 by-laws for the Monroe County chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in one of the boxes, which was initially surprising to find. Reading through it was not easy, and the requirements to even become a member were certainly harrowing to read. Though the Ku Klux Klan should not be honored in any way, preserving their history is important to educate others about the hate and violence the Klan has used against minorities and those who they deem a threat to their well being. Even though reading the by-laws was uncomfortable, I remembered history is supposed to introduce uncomfortable topics in order to challenge our perceptions and better educate us about controversial topics.

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