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.