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Student journalist finds photo of the Harvard KKK — and documents school’s overlooked racist past

The photo had the casual feel of a yearbook snapshot: Harvard men gathered around the school’s iconic John Harvard statue against a backdrop of ivy. One is crouched in Harvard’s lap, and another holds a boating hat, a giveaway that the photo was taken before commencement during Class Day of 1924. Their shoes suggest the men are dressed formally, though it is hard to know because their outfits — and their faces — are covered in the white robes and hoods of the Ku Klux Klan.

The photo’s title: “Harvard Class Day — Class Day at Harvard, Klans Klass 21 — have fun.”

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2 hours ago, Gouvernail said:

1924 Girls Basketball team Union City Area High School, Union City, Pennsylvania 

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That guy has a huge head.

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3 hours ago, Gouvernail said:

1924 Girls Basketball team Union City Area High School, Union City, Pennsylvania 

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The guy in that picture could pass for my late father-in-law.

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He's sitting down, the girls behind him are standing. The flappers just behind him look fairly tall, they are on a taller bench, the one over his left shoulder has her finger in his ass crack. She has a knowing smirk.

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