Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2014

Keywords

Ku Klux Klan, KKK, KKK in Maine, Racism, White Supremacy, Seal, Seal Press, Woman of the Ku Klux Klan, WKKK, Augusta Maine, Bath Maine

Abstract

Description:

Stephen Flynn discovered these two seal presses on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine, in 1978. They were found in the remains of the Silver Sands Hotel, which had to be destroyed after damage caused by a storm. Two seal presses were from the Women's Ku Klux Klan organizations of Augusta and Bath, Maine. The one from WKKK chapter of Augusta, Maine reads: “Women of the Ku Klux Klan; Capital City Klan; Klan No 11 Augusta, Maine.” In the center there is a shield with a cross and the letters W, K, K, K, at the top, bottom, and sides of the cross. The seal from WKKK chapter of Bath, Maine reads: “Women of the Ku Klux Klan; Bath Klan; Klan No 15 Bath, Maine.” There is also an image of a shield in its center (but no cross) with the letters W, K, K, and K. undated

Size of Collection:

1 ft.

Comments

Provenance:

The Flynn Seal Presses were donated by Stephen Flynn in 2003. He recovered the presses from the structural remains of the Silver Sands Hotel on Higgins Beach in Scarborough, Maine, following a storm in 1978.

Ownership and Literary Rights:

The Flynn Seal Presses are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or his/her legal heirs and assigns.

For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections, susie.bock@maine.edu

 
 

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