On this day in Alabama history: Spring Hill students repulsed KKK

On this day in Alabama history: Spring Hill students repulsed KKK
Spring Hill College, a Jesuit institution, was founded in 1830 by Michael Portier, first bishop of the Diocese of Mobile. It is one of the oldest colleges in the state. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Library of Congress)

January 21, 1957

Students at Spring Hill College in Mobile successfully repulsed a raid by the Ku Klux Klan. Late that night, students studying for exams heard the Klansmen outside the dormitory hammering together a kerosene-soaked cross and ran them off with makeshift weapons. The Klansmen returned the next night and burned a cross outside the college gates, to which students responded by hanging a Klansman in effigy with a sign that read “KKKers ARE CHICKEN.” Three years earlier, the college voluntarily became the first white college in the Deep South to desegregate, a decade before any others.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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