Buffalo Takes on the Ku Klux Klan

On the evening on August 31, 1924, shots rang out in front of 128 Durham Street, near Delavan and Grider in Buffalo. Moments later, Special Officer Edward C. Obertean lay mortally wounded; Klansman Thomas Austin was dead; and a Ku Klux Klan recruiter, or Kleagle, had a gunshot wound in the groin. Armed warfare had broken out in the streets in Buffalo. How had it gotten to this point?

Originally published in Western New York Heritage Magazine, vol. 15, no. 3, Fall 2012. This essay draws heavily from Hooded Knights on the Niagara (1995).

Published by Cynthia Van Ness

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