Why Is There A Statue In Washington DC Dedicated To The Founder Of The KKK?

November 18, 2014   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
November 18, 2014

(ANTIMEDIA) The KKK has re-entered the news again this week, after the organization threatened to fight protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Many people pointed out that the KKK enjoys a type of legal immunity and protection that activist and advocacy groups of other varieties do not have.

There is actually a lot of truth to these claims, there is even a monument in Washington DC dedicated to one of the original founders of the KKK.

Despite the fact that the KKK is one of the most rightfully vilified organizations in the world, there is a statue in Washington DC dedicated to Albert Pike. The statue stands on a pedestal near the foot of Capitol Hill, between the Department of Labor building and the Municipal Building, between 3rd and 4th Streets, on D Street, NW.

Pike was also an affluent Freemason, and many Freemasons have vehemently denied that Pike had anything to do with the KKK. However, research published by Walter L. Fleming in 1905 shows definitively that Pike was in fact the original founder of the KKK.

Pike was also president of the Tennessee Bar Association, and had a heavy influence in the legal system even outside the state of Tennessee.

In his book, Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment, Fleming  cited a document called the “KKK prescript” where Pike is featured at the top of a list of KKK leaders, and is given the title of chief judicial officer.

LaRouche movement leaders Dennis Speed, Anton Chaitkin, and Michael Vitt, with Civil Rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams (right), demonstrating against the statue of KKK founder Albert Pike. Every week during almost the entire decade of the 1990s, the LaRouche organisation carried out demonstrations at the Pike statue, calling for it to be removed.

LaRouche movement leaders Dennis Speed, Anton Chaitkin, and Michael Vitt, with Civil Rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams (right), demonstrating against the statue of KKK founder Albert Pike. Every week during almost the entire decade of the 1990s, the LaRouche organisation carried out demonstrations at the Pike statue, calling for it to be removed.

Fleming was himself a racist and a supporter of both Pike and the KKK, and his views were fairly popular at the time, which shows that this research was never intended to be a smear campaign, but a simple biographical research project.

Fleming’s book is considered by historians to be one of the primary sources for research on the KKK, and was applauded by The National Cyclopedia of American Biography and The Dictionary of American Biography.

In the 1990’s, the Albert Pike statue became a controversial topic, with groups protesting at the statue on a weekly basis, and on some occasions even fitting the statue with Klan robes.


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John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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23 Comments

  1. You people are really stupid. Printing anything about anyone, and thinking that the Public will swallow it. Stupid.

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  2. Uh, no, he wasn't. Certainly not founder, likely not even a member. He was active in the Knights of the Golden Circle, but nothing other than this suddenly discovered, unvalidated "book" makes that claim. He was a creep of the greatest degree, but he certainly did not "found" the KKK.

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  3. Is it Flemming or Fleming? You spell it both ways.

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  4. holy shit people. While I'm no fan of Albert Pike, he did not found the KKK.

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  5. This is Ridiculous!

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  6. You're fucking HIGH. WTF… You just make this shit up?

    The original Klu Klux Klan hasn't existed for over 40 years.

    In contemporary parlance the "KKK" is a bunch of unrelated groups that have NO connection to the orginal.

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  7. …the original KKK had nothing to do with racism it had to do with getting rid of the people trying to buy all the land up. The reopening of the KKK BY A TOTALY DIFFERENT PERSON was on racism.

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  8. Thanks for a little clarification on the matter.

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  9. Sure is a lot of white folks on this stream who have an awful lot of interest concerning the KKK…hmmmm IJS #3rdEyeFamily

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  10. You are correct! The original KKK was founded in 1865 and disbanded in 1869. And it was comprised of white, black, American Indian, Filipino and Chinese members! As well as others! They existed to protect Southerners from the murderous attacks of carpetbaggers and scalawags! Who killed over 2.5 million Southerners!

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  11. That is incorrect information… John C. Lester, John B. Kennedy, James R. Crowe, Frank O. McCord, Richard R. Reed, and J. Calvin Jones were the 6… Please do your homework

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  12. He is also one of the leading figures of the Freemason. I would assume that is why he has a statue of himself in Washington DC.

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  13. haha hahaha hahahahaha if thats what you think,, the kkk was active in my town since it was began in 1901,,, its very much is tied to the original group, they pass down books in the familys of members,,,, our town even has underground tunnels they used to sneak around. kkk and freemasons are more connected then you would beg to think. when was the last time you met a colored free mason?

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  14. Seems to me that for a .org site you got a lot of revenue generating ads. Walmart?! in 3 different spots on the same page? Plus these crappy "click here for some shocking pictorials?" You seem to be more about profit than bringing quality and correct news. This article takes the cake. There might be 2 words that are true in it. Oh wait, "Albert Pike has a statue in Washington D.C." I'm pretty sure that's true. How much money do you need to write crap and post to Facebook, by the way? You are soon going off MY radar. I can't rely on you to be truthful or even research your shit. You are a piece of shit site and deserve to burn.

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  15. the commenters seem to think they know the history of 33rd degree freemasonry. should we all base our perspective and understanding by assumption of fact and truth because of what we read or are told? I'm sure the generally accepted official history of the highest ranking freemason in the world at the time isn't hidden whitewashed or covered up at all.. especially history of a secret society that wealthy powerful influential….and occultic. you're talking about an organization that the higher degrees even keep much hidden from lower degrees… and you think you know the truth about albert pike…very interesting guys.

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  16. This topic is false. Do more research before you post. Albert Pike was a one of America's greatest pholosphers. Who ever posted this didnt know what hell he was posting.

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  17. Freemasonery isn't the KKK. KKK is diffrent organaization that has nothing to do with the Freemasons. Freemasons are the ones that built this nation. The reason you have rights to even post obserd things such as this is becouse of freemasonry.

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