07 August 2011

Lumbee 1, klan 0


A couple of days ago I had not heard of the Lumbees, a Native American tribe living in North Carolina. I had no idea that Heather Locklear is perhaps the best known Lumbee .

But such things change when one flits about on the internet. One thing that pleased me was to read that the Lumbees once gave the kkk a damned good hiding at an incident that became known as the Battle of Hayes Pond.


In 1957, klan Wizard James “Catfish” Cole, who had been charged with building up the klan in North Carolina, began to harass the Lumbees and other minorities of Robeson Country, North Carolina

On January 13, 1958, a group of klansmen burned a cross on the lawn of a Lumbee woman because she was dating a white man. The Klan also burned a cross on the lawn of a Lumbee family who had moved into a white neighborhood.

Cole spoke against announced plans for a Klan rally on January 18, 1958, near the small town of Maxton, intended to “to put the Indians in their place, to end race mixing”.

On the night of the rally, less than 100 klansmen arrived at the private field. Before Cole began speaking, over 500 Lumbee mens encircled the assembly and attacked. Two klansmen were lightly wounded while the others fled the scene, leaving family members, the public address system, unlit cross, and various Klan regalia behind. Cole was reported to have left his wife behind, running off into a nearby swamp.

Afterward, the Lumbee celebrated by holding up the abandoned klan banner. Many local, state and national newspapers covered the event and captured photos of Lumbee burning the regalia and dancing around an open fire in nearby Pemberton.

Subsequently Cole was convicted, and served a two-year sentence for inciting a riot.

The klan never came back to Robeson County


11 comments:

nursemyra said...

Fascinating story Jams. And the coward left his wife behind.... why am I not surprised?

jams o donnell said...

Ah because he was a crave piece of shit Nursie

jams o donnell said...

craven, rather

Sean Jeating said...

Q.e.d.: Good news is good news.

This planet is badly in need of more Lumbees.

jams o donnell said...

I agree wholeheartedly Sean!

Dragonstar said...

Well done Lumbees!

jams o donnell said...

Nothing like the Klan getting a whooping eh!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That's a cool story, thanks Jams. These days when I hear about the Klan, my heart warms up with the knowledge that today the membership in it automatically means either an old geezer out of his mind with hate and senility or a young lobotomized degenerate - all 500 of them...

jams o donnell said...

I know what you mean Snoopy. Sadly the nazi scum have found new groups to join

Claude said...

That's the problem isn't it, Jams? There's always a little group of scums joining other scums. As Sean says: more Lumbees are needed.

jams o donnell said...

A hundred Lumbees and vermin like the klan would have been routed totally