These Are The 10 Cities In Louisiana With The Most KKK Members

We measured the places in the Pelican State where there have historically been the most Klaverns per capita.

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Do you live in one of the most racist cities in Louisiana?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a hate crime that happens not that far away from us. Whether it’s the ‘white vs. black’ hate crime that we are so used to being part of America’s culture, or today’s hate crime (gay bashing), it never seems to end.

Hate groups can be hard to measure, because typically, there’s no record of where they exist. But there is data on where there were distinct Klaverns of the Ku Klux Klan in each state. We wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the data in order to identify the most racist cities in Louisiana.

The result is the following list of the most racist cities in the Pelican State:

  1. Ashland
  2. Harrisonburg
  3. Columbia
  4. Urania
  5. Colfax
  6. Campti
  7. Merryville
  8. Gibsland
  9. Catahoula
  10. Haynesville (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how Ashland end up as the most racist place in Louisiana.

Or check out the most ghetto cities and the most dangerous cities in Louisiana.


How we calculated the most racist cities in Louisiana

While there are surveys and public polls on what places might be the most racist, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from where KKK organizations have existed.

Specifically, we analyzed research out of Virginia Commonwealth University that mapped the Klans in each area and gave a history of their recruitment from 1915-1940.

This report is an analysis of the locations of historic KKK organizations divided by the number of people who currently live there.

There were a total of 33 cities with at least 1 Klavern in Louisiana during the time period of reference.

A quick history lesson on the KKK

What is the KKK? In a nutshell, the KKK was formed back in 1865, and there have been three separate movements, all three of which were supposedly ‘purification movements’ in America. The 1865-1870s movement sought to overthrow Republican state governments.

The second movement (1915 – 1944) saw millions of members of the KKK form, which was opposed to immigration into America, especially against Catholics and Jews.

The most memorable movement of the KKK started in the 1950s, which was involved in the Civil Rights movement, and which targeted the black population in America.

The number of active members of the KKK is much smaller these days.

At the Klan’s height, there were 44 active Kalverns in Louisiana.

The cities below are the places where there were Klans back in the day, and where the number of Klans per the current population is high. Meaning, the number of racist members of the community has historically been the highest, according to the math.


1. Ashland

Population: 279
Klaverns: 1

2. Harrisonburg

Population: 433
Klaverns: 1

3. Columbia

Population: 438
Klaverns: 1

4. Urania

Population: 1,124
Klaverns: 2

5. Colfax

Population: 1,684
Klaverns: 2

6. Campti

Population: 853
Klaverns: 1

7. Merryville

Population: 988
Klaverns: 1

8. Gibsland

Population: 1,037
Klaverns: 1

9. Catahoula

Population: 1,114
Klaverns: 1

10. Haynesville

Haynesville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,548
Klaverns: 2

There You Have It

When you’re looking at the places in Louisiana with the highest number of KKK Klaverns per capita back in the day, this is an accurate list.

Below is a chart which lists all cities in Louisiana with KKK organizations from 1915-1940.
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Detailed List Of The Most Racist Cities In Louisiana

City Rank Population No. of Historical Klaverns
Ashland 1 279 1
Harrisonburg 2 433 1
Columbia 3 438 1
Urania 4 1,124 2
Colfax 5 1,684 2
Campti 6 853 1
Merryville 7 988 1
Gibsland 8 1,037 1
Catahoula 9 1,114 1
Haynesville 10 2,548 2
Boyce 11 1,456 1
Logansport 12 1,880 1
Kinder 13 2,746 1
Arcadia 14 2,939 1
Homer 15 3,129 1
Vivian 16 3,682 1
Jackson 17 3,819 1
Lake Providence 18 3,899 1
Amite City 19 4,234 1
Jonesboro 20 4,680 1
Winnfield 21 4,725 1
Winnsboro 22 4,856 1
Oakdale 23 7,741 1
Covington 24 9,151 1
Minden 25 12,988 1
Crowley 26 13,219 1
Alexandria 27 47,983 2
Monroe 28 49,455 2
New Iberia 29 30,750 1
Shreveport 30 200,692 3
Lake Charles 31 73,503 1
New Orleans 32 368,471 4
Baton Rouge 33 229,353 2