Chesterfield Klan

As Chesterfield’s school board began integrating faculty and staff within the schools system, after a Federal ruling forced the integration, the school board began the process in 1966, although the number of black faculty in white schools would be limited to six.  

Still the opposition made its position known. On April 13, 1966 a 45-foot cross burned next to Rt. 10 just south of the courthouse, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The Virginia Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan addressed a crowd of about 200 Klansmen in attendance.

Later that year, the Klan set up tents and held weekend-long meetings on a farm in Matoaca. Black neighbors reported seeing the burning crosses across the road from there homes.

According to the Richmond News Leader, a police officer discovered a cross burning in front of the Beulah United Methodist Church early one morning. The Bensley Volunteer Fire Department was called in to extinguish the fire.


White Supremacist - Chesterfield County, VA.

As a young adult, I moved to Virginia (Chester) in the early 80's. Now, it's 2011. In that first year, sitting outside on a hot August day, I was approached by an elderly black man. He asked me for a glass of water. We sat and talked while he drank the water, then went his way. Immediately, I received a phone call informing me not to do that again, or a cross would burn in my yard. It was a "friendly" warning since I was new to the area. Next, I find a KKK newspaper in my driveway, same for the entire neighborhood. That glass of water has followed me to this day. The KKK is not exclusive to poor whites-the 'higher ups' are underground. Since 2009, I have had two threats delivered to me by two professional people in Chesterfield County-one a Chesterfield County employee, the other a prominent Chesterfield real estate agent. I am silent no more. I am reaching out. I've much to say....and will. White female. AGAINST ALL ODDS.

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