Judge OKs KKK event at Fort Davidson Historic Site

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 5:07 p.m. CDT; updated 9:00 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 16, 2010

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has ruled that a Ku Klux Klan splinter group cannot be barred from holding an event Saturday at a Missouri historic site — a site where one of the state's biggest Civil War battles took place.

The ruling was Wednesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Frank Ancona filed suit seeking an emergency order to overrule rejection of the KKK application to rent a pavilion at the Fort Davidson Historic Site.

Ancona identifies himself as imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The historic site is in Iron County, about 70 miles south of St. Louis.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel required the group to post a $1,800 bond and acquire liability insurance. Ancona said the event may be canceled if the group can't acquire the insurance by Saturday.


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