65 years ago, our Lumbee People took a stand against hate as they stopped a Ku Klux Klan Rally in Ma
On this day, 65 years ago, our Lumbee People took a stand against hate as they stopped a Ku Klux Klan Rally in Maxton, NC during the legendary Battle of Hayes Pond. They didn't just stop the rally, but sent a clear message to the Klan. The KKK hate group hasn't rallied or marched in Robeson County since that day!
The encounter was an armed confrontation between local Lumbee men and members of the South Carolina based Klan that was headed by KKK Grand Dragon James W. "Catfish" Cole. Cole, stirred the flames with hate speech and cross burnings, which began weeks before. Throughout the week, we will look back at what happened and why this battle is so important to our people. We will also hear from participants in the rally.