a) Robe of dark brown linen. Trimmed with white linen bands with center row of cut-out diamond shapes. b) Hood of dark brown and white linen. Top part of hood is brown with stiffened triangular piece in front. Bottom part is white linen with eye slits and features outlined in brown linen.
Ku Klux Klan robe belonged to Joseph Boyce Stewart (1845-1939), Lincoln County, Tennessee.
As they carried out their campaign of terror against Southern blacks, Klan members disguised themselves in dark hooded robes that often featured astrological symbols. The applique face of this hood features eye holes trimmed with blue fabric. The Klan's more familiar white robes came into use during the 1920s, when the organization experienced a resurgence of activity.