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Once the ‘World’s Only Klan Museum,’ it is becoming a center for history and healing

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
The Rev. David Kennedy, seen outside the Echo Theater in Laurens, S.C., holds a photo of his great-great-uncle’s lynching. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (Sarah Blake Morgan/AP)
The Rev. David Kennedy, seen outside the Echo Theater in Laurens, S.C., holds a photo of his great-great-uncle’s lynching. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (Sarah Blake Morgan/AP)

““The fact is, a man with a Confederate flag today got closer to the halls of power in the U.S. Capitol than anybody did 150 years ago, That’s why this is so necessary. We need to show what justice and reconciliation looks like — and why we must stand against hatred.”

–Regan Freeman, Executive Director, Echo Project

The Echo Project is dedicated to creating a community center and racial reconciliation museum in an historic segregated movie theater that was, for a time, the site of the “World’s Only Klan Museum.” The project will extend beyond the shop, with the goal of producing nationwide educational programs, as well as historical markers at lynching sites.

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