Ku Klux Klan Riot

Ku Klux Klan Riot (HMQ9H)

Location: Lilly, PA 15938 Cambria County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 25.534', W 78° 37.286'

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April 5, 1924

Lilly was targeted for a massive Ku Klux Klan demonstration because local coal mines had hired Catholic immigrants and fired Klan members. Four hundred hooded Klansmen arrived by train early on this April evening and paraded to Piper's Hill where they burned two crosses and exploded multiple dynamite charges to intimidate the locals.

But the townspeople were not cowed! During the parade back to the trains, the Klansmen were jeered, pelted, roughed-up and hosed down. Gunfire broke out and lasted for several minutes. The Klansmen then fled in disarray to the trains, leaving Lilly residents Philip Conrad, Cloyd Paul and Frank Miesko to die from gunshot wounds.

Lilly's resistance to the Klan's demonstrations proved to be the beginning of the end of the Klan's advance in the north-eastern United States.
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HM NumberHMQ9H
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByLilly-Washington Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 701777 N 4477709
Decimal Degrees40.42556667, -78.62143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.534', W 78° 37.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 32.04" N, 78° 37' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)814
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-451 Cleveland St, Lilly PA 15938, US
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