"Not a Pleasant Past" Top 5 Page for this destination Waco Local Custom Tip by keeweechic

Waco Local Customs: 5 reviews and 4 photos


Between 1900 and 1930 the racial mix of the city changed as rural blacks moved to Waco in search of better jobs and educational opportunities. By the 1920s a black middle class had begun to appear in the city. As perhaps a result, Waco became a centre of Ku Klux Klan activity and influence during the 1920s. Lynchings had occurred in Waco in 1905, 1915, and 1916, and on at least one occasion the black victim was publicly burned in the town square. In the 1920s mobs of white citizens hanged or burned other blacks as well. In 1923 more than 2,000 Klansmen paraded through the city and the organisation boycotted businesses of people unsympathetic with its agenda.

Many of Waco's business and political leaders supported the Klan during this period, and one member claimed that the Klan 'controlled every office in the city of Waco' during the 1920s. Certainly not a proud part of Waco history.

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  • Updated Jun 12, 2003
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