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Object Name FLAG
Catalog Number 0985.09.00174
Description Pattern: Flag; pennant; Grand Ensign of the Ku Klux Klan; yellow field; cotton. Painted winged dragon and motto, "'QUOD SEMPER, QUOD UBIQUE / QUOD AB OMNIBUS." ["That which always, that which everywhere, that which by all had been held to be true," or "What was right was right for all times and places," or "'What (has been held) always, everywhere, by everybody."]
Stars: None.
Border: white scalloped cotton on 3 sides, pink cotton edge.
Attachment: Sleeve.
Unit Designation: None.
Battle Honors: None.
Material textile (cotton); paint
Dimensions H-61 W-36 inches
Made Cabarrus County, North Carolina (tentative)
Provenance Grand Ensign of the Ku Klux Klan, used in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was founded on December 24, 1865. This banner, from Cabarrus County, North Carolina, features a dragon with a motto that loosely translates as, "What was right was right for all times and places". Although the Confederacy's ANV pattern battle flag would later be equated with the KKK and racism, it was not used by the KKK for the first few decades of the organization's existence. Rather, their flag's design was outlined in the KKK's original Prescripts of 1867.
Search Terms Ku Klux Klan