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  • Collection: Life in New Brunswick before World War II

Cross Burned by Rutgers Klan at Local Cemetery


1926-06-01

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New Brunswick Daily Home News reports about a ceremony held by the Rutgers Klan No. 44 in May of 1926.

Charter Granted to Local Klan; Rutgers Klan Title of Local Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan


1926-03-07

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New Brunswick Sunday Times reports that a new local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is established in New Brunswick in March of 1926. The title of the new chapter is "Rutgers Klan number 44."

Jolly Kleagle from Middle West Intimates There Are Over 9,000 Klansmen in Middlesex County


1924-08-10

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New Brunswick Sunday Times reporter interviews a Kleagle (high ranking officer) of the Ku Klux Klan. The Kleagle states that current Klan membership in Middlesex County stands at 9,000 as of August 1924, a 200 percent increase since December of 1923.…

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Jersey Klan Adds 1,000 New Members; Exercises Held Between Farmingdale and Adelphia Last Night


1923-08-25

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Trenton Evening Times reports that the Ku Klux Klan held a ceremony initiating more than 1,000 new members into their ranks. The ceremony took place in a big field between Farmingdale and Adelphia (near Freehold, NJ). Cars from New Brunswick, Newark,…

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Ku Klux Cross Near J. & J. Plant; South River Also


1923-08-10

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New Brunswick Daily Home News reports that members of the Ku Klux Klan burned two crosses overnight. One fifteen-foot cross was discovered in front of the Johnson & Johnson factory on George Street in New Brunswick; it was promptly extinguished…

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Advertisement for The Birth of a Nation


1916-03-04

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An ad for The Birth of a Nation at the New Brunswick Opera House beginning Monday, March 6, 1916.

Advertisement for The Clansman: A Story of the Ku Klux Klan


1908-03-25

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An ad for The Clansman: A Story of the Ku Klux Klan by Thomas Dixon Jr., to be performed at the New Brunswick Opera House on March 25, 1908.

The Rice Industrial and Literary Institute advertisement


1915-08-26

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Advertisement in the African American newspaper New York Age promoting the Rice Industrial and Literary Institute, a New Brunswick school.

Elections in New Jersey; Rioting between Whites and Blacks in New Brunswick


1895-04-10

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New York Times article about a race riot during an election in New Brunswick.

White and Black Married. How a Young Farmer Wooed and Won an Old Negro's Daughter


1887-04-09

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New York Times report about the marriage of a white farmer named Cornelius Van Tilbergh (age 25) and a black woman named Lizzie Simmons (age 20) from Rocky Hill, New Jersey, near Princeton. The young couple tried to "escape the wrath of the country…

Colored Boarders Not Wanted


1890-05-06

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New York Times reports that Bishop Turner and other attendees at the conference of the New-Jersey African Methodist Church complain about racial discrimination by hotel owners in New Brunswick. "Bishop Turner" likely refers to Henry McNeal Turner…

10,000 Klansmen Gather in Great Klan Ceremony; New Brunswick Is Scene of One of the Greatest Ku Klux Demonstrations; Gigantic Cross Is Burned as Almost One Thousand Candidates Are Initiated


1923-05-11

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Article in The Fiery Cross (a Ku Klux Klan publication) about a massive KKK initiation ceremony held on May 2, 1923, at a farm near New Brunswick.

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12,000 of Klan Out at Jersey Meeting: Hold Heavily Guarded Initiation on a Lonely Farm Near New Brunswick


1923-05-03

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New York Times article about a massive Ku Klux Klan (KKK) initiation ceremony held on May 2, 1923, at a farm near New Brunswick.

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Klan Open-Air Initiation Was Great Publicity Stunt; Declare Local Branch 400 Strong; Hobbs Not a Member


1923-05-04

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Daily Home News article about a massive Ku Klux Klan (KKK) initiation ceremony held on May 2, 1923, at a farm near New Brunswick. The article contains a photograph of a burning cross and hooded attendees. The photograph is captioned: "Blaxing…

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Rutgers Klan $10 Bond

Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
1920s/1930s

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A $10 Bond issued jointly by the Trustees of the Rutgers Klan No. 44 (Knights of the Ku Klux Klan) and Old Glory Klan NO. 64 (Women of the Ku Klux Klan).

Minutes of the New Brunswick N.J. Common Council

New Brunswick (N.J.). Common Council
1910

Minutes of the Common Council for 1796-1819. Bound with extracts of the Minutes of the Common Council of New Brunswick N.J. from May 14, 1819, to July 23, 1832.Copied for the New Brunswick N.J. Historical Society by Louise Marshall Vandivert in 1909.…

Minutes of the Common Council for March 5, 1824

New Brunswick (N.J.). Common Council
1824-03-05

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On March 5, 1824, the New Brunswick Common Council adopted a resolution establishing a curfew for "negros or blacks" on Saturday nights at 10 PM. The Common Council empowered the Committee in relation to Paupers, Vagrants and Free Negros to detain…