Football, Parades, Boy Scouts… and the Klan
Part of what makes research so interesting is that you are never quite sure what you will find. You know what you are looking for and sometimes you find exactly what you want. Sometimes though, you find something you had not expected and then have to sort that out. History is fun like that.
This article from October 1927 is a little off the path. It does touch on Scouting, but this event happened in Decherd, TN, a little town between Tullahoma and Chattanooga. Woodmen of the World, a Mason-esque, organization was holding an event at a Nazarene church. The Scouts were there showing off their skills and there were parades too. That evening, the Klan showed up and had a meeting. Oh, and there was barbeque. How is this for a weird combination of groups?
“Football, Parade, Klan Rites Included,” The Tennessean, October 8, 1927, pg. 2.