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Originally published April 8, 2016 – There are fewer than 10,000 members of the KKK, the most well-known hate group in the United States. And they’re not all living in the Deep South.
Photographer Peter van Agtmael spent time with KKK groups in rural Tennessee and Maryland last year; his troubling images of Klan weddings, hooded hangouts, and burning crosses make it clear that the era of the Klan is not behind us (although the group is far, far less powerful than it was at its height, when it counted millions of members).
van Agtmael doesn’t identify the location of the group more specifically, but according to the SPLC, there are two active KKK groups in the state: The Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Baltimore County (Rosedale, to be precise), and the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire (Annapolis). The Traditional Rebel Knights of the KKK, which was headquartered in Braddock Heights, Maryland, has taken down its website and is no longer listed on the SPLC list of KKK chapters.
The SPLC reports that there are currently 130 active chapters of the Ku Klux Klan in the US and hundreds more hate groups, including many in Maryland. To see the full list, click here.
This story has been updated.