KKK Group Given Permit to Hold Event at Gettysburg Battlefield

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A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan group plans on holding an event in Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the three-day Civil War battle, park officials said.


In early September, the same Ku Klux Klan group that has been granted a permit for an October event at Gettysburg held a rally at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md. (credit: Getty Images)

The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacy group, will stage a three-hour event on Oct. 5, on the battlefield’s grounds, just a stone’s throw from the national cemetery. President Lincoln‘s Gettysburg Address – regarded as one of most famous speeches in U.S. history – was delivered at the dedication of the national cemetery.

Park officials released a statement listing Baltimore resident Richard Preston as the event’s coordinator. Preston’s group plans on using a podium to make speeches, park spokeswoman Catherine Lawhon told The Times. Additional law enforcement will monitor the event, which was approved on grounds that participants will be exercising their 1st Amendment rights, Lawhon said.

Preston’s organization staged a rally earlier this month at Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md. The rally’s eight participants protested President Obama‘s immigration policies, among other issues, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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