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James W. Cole

Date: 1956 - 1967 | Identifier: 0040-b4-fc
James William Cole, standing on the right on the back of a pickup truck, addressing a small group of people in a field. Cole started out as a tent evangelist in the late 1950s. At around the same time he became an active member of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, eventually becoming Grand Dragon in North and South Carolina. In 1966, Cole attempted a takeover of the Klan organization through a move to Greensboro, N.C., but he died shortly thereafter of injuries received in a car accident. Date approximated. more...