Lilly in Cambria County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ku Klux Klan Riot
April 5, 1924
But the townspeople were not cowed! During the parade back to the trains, the Klansmen were jeered, pelted, roughed-up and hosed down. Gunfire broke out and lasted for several minutes. The Klansmen then fled in disarray to the trains, leaving Lilly residents Philip Conrad, Cloyd Paul and Frank Miesko to die from gunshot wounds.
Lilly's resistance to the Klan's demonstrations proved to be the beginning of the end of the Klan's advance in the north-eastern United States.
Erected 2008 by Lilly-Washington Historical Society.
Location. 40° 25.534′ N, 78° 37.286′ W. Marker is in Lilly, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County. Marker is at the intersection of Railroad Street and Cleveland Street on Railroad Street. Touch for map. Marker is placed at the corner of Cleveland and Railroad streets where the flashpoint of the incident being remembered occurred. Marker is in this post office area: Lilly PA 15938, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert E. Peary (approx. 2.7 miles away); Loretto (approx. 2.7 miles away); Admiral Peary Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Allegheny Portage Railroad Plane No. 2 (approx. 3.3 miles away); Portage Railroad (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lemon House (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Lemon House (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Categories. • Civil Rights •
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