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KKK receives permit to hold event on the Gettysburg battlefield

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2013 6:24 PM
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(Gettysburg) -- The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold an event at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The National Park Service say the special-use permit has been approved for a Maryland-based KKK group to exercise it First Amendment rights on October 5th, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

The event will be held on the lawn area north of where Union General George Meade's Headquarters were located along Taneytown Road during the three-day Civil War battle in 1863.

A spokeswoman says the park has a responsibility to make that land available for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech -- even if the views expressed are contrary to those of most Americans.

The group held a membership rally earlier this month at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland, where thousands died in a clash in September, 1862. The battle set the stage for President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

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