The Bundy Museum Gallery Presents: DIRTY LAUNDRYPosted: November 20, 2016
2nd Floor Exhibit on Display from October 7, 2016 through November 28, 2016
Ninety years ago, the New York State chapter of the Ku Klux Klan headquartered in Binghamton, New York. From their Press Building office, the Klan attempted to build a mass movement and effective statewide political force to legislate their “100 percent Americanism” agenda. The Klan found a receptive citizenry in Upstate Protestant-fundamentalists, middle-class business people, and prohibitionists, amongst others. Klanspeople paraded Binghamton streets, burned crosses on area hilltops, intimidated locals—especially immigrants–, challenged the local political structure, and were met with intense opposition from Civil War veterans, workers, factory owners, and many more. The Klan’s 1920s popularity in Binghamton demands collective, community assessment and discussion. This exhibit, along with the re-publication of Jay Rubin’s 1972 work *The Ku Klux Klan in Binghamton, New York 1923-1928 *on which this exhibit is based, puts this puts this neglected and complicated article of Binghamton’s dirty laundry on display.
No detergent or bleach added to these agitators.
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