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Photo Journal: The Day the KKK Marched Down East Franklin Street

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In June 1987, a day after he graduated high school, Michael Galinsky took a camera with a telephoto lens and a bunch of film to document a Ku Klux Klan rally in Chapel Hill. Until recently, these photographs could be relegated to a regrettable past. A video installation combining Galinsky's photos with interviews from the event is part of the Southern Accent exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art. It reveals the extent to which Chapel Hillians considered the KKK an anachronism, but, in the wake of Donald Trump's election and the surge in strident voices of intolerance nationwide, these images take on a chilling new urgency.
Klan march, East Franklin Street, June 15, 1987 - PHOTO BY MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Photo by Michael Galinsky
  • Klan march, East Franklin Street, June 15, 1987
Police hold back protesters at corner of Columbia and Rosemary streets, June 15, 1987 - MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Michael Galinsky
  • Police hold back protesters at corner of Columbia and Rosemary streets, June 15, 1987
Sympathetic teens watching Klan parade, June 15, 1987 - PHOTO BY MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Photo by Michael Galinsky
  • Sympathetic teens watching Klan parade, June 15, 1987
Boy watching parade sends message - PHOTO BY MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Photo by Michael Galinsky
  • Boy watching parade sends message
Noose through car windshield - MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Michael Galinsky
  • Noose through car windshield
Boy talks with Klan elder - PHOTO BY MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Photo by Michael Galinsky
  • Boy talks with Klan elder
Boy and men - PHOTO BY MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Photo by Michael Galinsky
  • Boy and men
Young woman with placard protests the Klan - MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Michael Galinsky
  • Young woman with placard protests the Klan
Teenager in full Klan regalia - MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Michael Galinsky
  • Teenager in full Klan regalia
African-American police officers and spectators - MICHAEL GALINSKY
  • Michael Galinsky
  • African-American police officers and spectators

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