No Divulging Klan Secrets by Otho
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
Instituted in 1862, the Union League came to North Carolina with the Union armies and by 1866, along with the Freedmen’s Bureau, became active in recruiting black men into the Republican party to be used politically.  Scalawag Governor W.W. Holden was an early leader of the Union League in North Carolina; murder and voting intimidation of white citizens was encouraged among the black population, and for a black man to vote Democratic was a death warrant though many voted with their white neighbors  In this political climate the Ku Klux Klan came into being.  See Jos. D.R. Hamilton’s “Reconstruction in North Carolina” for more on the Union League.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Chairman
North Carolina War Between the States Sesquicentennial Commission
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No Divulging Klan Secrets by Otho
 
“The Ku Klux Klan, who were directly responsible for the redemption of Alabama from [carpetbag] misrule, rejoiced in the re-election of Governor [George S.] Houston in 1876, and many thousands of them paraded in Athens, Alabama, Governor Houston’s home, to pay him tribute. This was the last parade of the Ku Klux Klan at that place.
 
The torchlights in this parade were decorated with banners on which pictures of men who had believed in Negro rule were painted, half-black and half-white. This unique idea was conceived and the pictures painted by a young boy, Arthur Pepin, who was greatly applauded by the older men, for the pictures were so life-like the faces could be recognized by the immense number of people in the parade.  The men thus caricatured by the boy (who was true blue) were so frightened that they left the town.
 
About sixty worthy Negro men, who had been faithful to the white people during the war and this dreadful time of reconstruction, and who voted for Governor Houston, were in this parade, having been furnished with horses by the Ku Klux Klan.
 
Otho Fraser, a Negro man who is still living at Athens, Alabama, at the age of 96, described this parade to me in detail, and is proud to have been numbered among the Negroes who were shown by this act that the white people appreciated their fidelity; he has always been a credit to his race, and said to me that “If all the people in the world were at work each day, making shoes as I do – or something else – there would be no problems to settle for white or black.”
 
He is shown great respect by the white people of Athens, and he has reared a family of efficient men and women. At his advanced age he is physically and mentally alert and says he knows many Ku Klux Klan secrets which he will never divulge.”
 
(Authentic History of the Ku Klux Klan, 1865-1877, Susan Lawrence Davis, American Library Service, 1924, pp. 183-184)