129 Main St Binghamton
Opening Reception during the First Friday Art Walk
October 7, 2016, 6-9PM – FREE Admission
Exhibit on display 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 parade 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.