Where else could there be these secret meetings that few people know about? DREAMers on a camping trip west of San Antonio witnessed one of these meetings a couple of years ago... They saw the white gowns and the torches. They are sure they were not hallucinating. The event in Bogalusa should further convince them they were not seeing ghosts.
KKK killing evokes bad memories in Louisiana
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and KEVIN McGILL
The Associated Press/Washington Post
Wednesday, November 12, 2008; 4:44 PM
BOGALUSA, La. -- Hattie Dillon got a first-hand taste of the racial hatred that gripped this city in the 1960s when a metal bolt flung by someone in an angry crowd gashed her head as she marched for civil rights.
On Wednesday, sitting on her front porch just off Main Street, the 61-year-old said Bogalusa is better now. But the bloody legacy of racial violence and brazen Ku Klux Klan activity in the area remains _ evidenced by the arrest of eight local people in the death of an Oklahoma woman shot when a weekend Klan initiation went awry.
"History was made this month," Dillon said, referring to Barack Obama's election as the nation's first black president. "Then our eyes opened again."
Bogalusa, a logging town dominated by a huge paper mill about 60 miles north of New Orleans, is the largest city in Washington Parish, which, like the whole state, was won by John McCain, not Obama last week.
Sunday's killing was in St. Tammany Parish, just across the Washington Parish line and all the suspects are from Washington Parish. Cynthia C. Lynch, 43, of Tulsa, Okla., was shot in an area of vast piney woods, farms and bedroom communities separated from New Orleans by Lake Pontchartrain...more