Ku Klux Klan membership records made public in Denver

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Ku Klux Klan Membership Ledgers. Photo by Katie Bush courtesy History Colorado, MSS.366

Ku Klux Klan Membership Ledgers. Photo by Katie Bush courtesy History Colorado, MSS.366

DENVER (AP) — History Colorado has debuted an online archive this week of 1,300 pages of original Ku Klux Klan membership records from 1924 through 1926, previously on public display at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.

The Denver Post reported that History Colorado digitized the hate group’s ledgers, which include 30,000 people, to highlight the widespread racism built into the city’s political and cultural history.

History Colorado Chief Operating Officer Dawn DiPrince says the organization received a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board to digitize the records.

The digitized ledgers include specific locations, people and institutions, including History Colorado.

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