Group Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 16, 1983.
Title: Ku Klux Klan in Miami
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Title: Ku Klux Klan in Miami
Series Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 16, 1983.
Physical Description: Archival
Creator: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Publication Date: June 16, 1983
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- South Florida
Funding: Florida International Univerity Libraries
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Bibliographic ID: FI07010808
Volume ID: VID00009
Source Institution: Florida International University
Holding Location: Florida International University
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Resource Identifier: SPC95A_9


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A 7alle of iJwo Women
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Mlaijoric 1larris Carr

Segment: Ku Klux Klan in Miami

Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove,
June 16, 1983.

Length of Segment: 00:02:50

Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.


MSD: So it's always been a very interesting community, much more... Miami has not been a single
community simply because as a large, even as a small city, it was growing up with any number of
different kinds of people. It was founded by people from the Old South, and then overrun by Damn
Yankees like me from the North so that, they complain about us not being a community, well we
couldn't be. The people had such different backgrounds, my goodness. When I first came back to
Miami from the First World War, the Ku Kux Klan was in Miami and doing dreadful things, and you
couldn't be sympathetic with the kind of people that were in favor, you couldn't have a community with
the kind of people who had the Ku Kux Klan. I remember my family, my father and my stepmother and I
guess some friends, I'd forgotten who, were driving back from the beach one evening, my father was
driving, and we came up to 5th street, up to where my father lived in Spring Garden up the river, and we
came along the street and here was the Ku Kux Klan preparing to march in their masks and sheets and a
man on horseback, a masked man on horseback rode up in front of my father and said, "this street is
closed," and my father said "Get out of my way!" and drove right straight ahead, through them and
scattering them and everything; they couldn't stop him. We were all yelling and screaming in defiance
we were so mad. But that was overt, you see, it was an overt thing. After a war, there is always that
kind of reaction among some people, and that's what happens. And there were some very bad Ku Kux
Klan things: a negro was lynched in Homestead, and a white, crippled minister from the Bahamas, who
was the minister to a black Episcopal church in Miami, was tarred and feathered and let out on Flagler
Street, and of course he nearly died. When he was rescued, he was ill for years, and neither of the
papers, and I regret to state, including my father's paper, even mentioned it. That's the kind of reason
why Miami is not a community. How could you be a community with people like that? I like Coconut

Grove. It was a community of people who had backgrounds other than that, and I'm quite sure there
was no Ku Kux Klan in Coconut Grove.

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