Although practically an underground movement these days, America’s most infamous hate group was surprisingly open and widespread during the group’s peak in the early and mid-20th century. More than 4 million people across the country were KKK members in the 1920s, and the 1924 Democratic National Convention very nearly chose a known Klansman as their presidential candidate.
So it wasn’t much of a surprise to the people of Cañon City, Colorado, when the local paper ran a headline declaring “Klansmen pose for picture on merry-go-round” in 1926. However, that photo (above) wasn’t actually printed along with the headline (the photographer didn’t share it). But when the photo came to light more than 65 years later, it served as a stark reminder of a history many people would like to forget.