The Black Legion

Title

The Black Legion

Description

This photograph (taken at an unknown time–-likely during the late 1920s or 1930s) is a portrait of two members of the Black Legion white supremacist group wearing ceremonial robes and carrying weapons

Abstract

The photo depicts the two men dressed in the black ceremonial robes and hoods they would wear during “night rides” to terrorize African Americans (as well as Catholics, Jews, and many other enemies). They are holding the weapons they often used to threaten, beat, and murder their enemies. Both the style of and the insignia upon the robes worn demonstrate the Orientalist influence this group shared with the Moorish Science Temple as well as its roots in the Masons and Shriners.

Creator

Unknown

Source

The Detroit News

Publisher

The Detroit News

Date

Unknown

Date Available

5 Aug. 1997

Date Created

Unknown

Date Accepted

16 Dec. 2011

Date Copyrighted

5 Aug. 1997

Date Submitted

16 Dec. 2011

Rights

The Detroit News

Format

.jpg

Medium

Photograph

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Bibliographic Citation

"Black Legion Regalia..." The Detroit News. http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=151. 5 Aug. 1997.

Coverage

Detroit, Michigan

Rights Holder

The Detroit News

Files

black legion.gif

Collection

Citation

Unknown, “The Black Legion,” Inbetween Peoples, accessed December 1, 2020, https://as205.omeka.net/items/show/137.