Marker hon­ors Na­tive Amer­i­cans who drove out Ku Klux Klan

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

North Carolina’s lat­est his­tor­i­cal high­way marker com­mem­o­rates the Lum­bee Tribe driv­ing the Ku Klux Klan out of their county in 1958.

The Robeso­nian re­ported that the Bat­tle of Hayes Pond sign was ded­i­cated Thurs­day, dur­ing the 50th An­nual Lum­bee Home­com­ing in Robe­son County.

The marker hon­ors the con­fronta­tion be­tween the Lum­bee and Klans­men who showed up for a rally on a Jan­uary day 60 years ago. The out­num­bered Klans­men fled in the face of gun­fire from the Lum­bee. There were no casu- al­ties on ei­ther side.

The marker idea was pro­posed by stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina at Pem­broke, who sought the tribe’s ap­proval be­fore pro­ceed­ing.

Thurs­day’s ded­i­ca­tion was at­tended by Woodrow Dial, who was 17 when he ac­com­pa­nied his fa­ther to con­front the KKK.

Robe­son County is about 125 miles south­east of Char­lotte.

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