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Fascinating, Frightening Photos Of The Modern KKK

A series of intimate, sad, and revealing images by photographer Johnny Milano of America's most notorious hate group.

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Female members of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, which claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, pose for a photograph in their robes ahead of a cross lighting ceremony at a private farmhouse in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015. Female members of the KKK are often referred to as "Ladies of the Invisible Empire" or "LOTIES." The Ku Klux Klan, which had about 6 million members in the 1920s, now has some 2,000 to 3,000 members nationally in about 72 chapters, or klaverns, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that monitors extremist groups.

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A female and male member of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, pose for a photograph in their robes ahead of a cross lighting ceremony at a private farm house in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015.

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A member of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, tries on his hood a day before a cross lighting ceremony in Henry County, Virginia, August 8, 2014.

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A banner with the image of Adolf Hitler hangs inside a home where members affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement were gathering for a joint rally in Hunt County, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014.

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Tom, a member of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, displays his collection of KKK memorabilia in a fellow member's home in Henry County, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2014. Tom asked that his last name not be used.

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Jim, a member of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, displays a KKK emblem tattoo in Henry County, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2014. Jim asked that his last name not be used.

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Members of the Rebel Brigade Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, shake hands before holding a rally in Martinsville, Virginia, Oct. 11, 2014.

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Jim, a member of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, adjusts his hood before holding a public rally outside a courthouse in Stuart, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2014. Jim asked that his last name not be used.

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Jim, a member of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, speaks at a public rally outside a courthouse in Stuart, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2014. Jim asked that his last name not be used.

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Members of the National Socialist Movement and Adirondack Fraternity White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, wave flags while rallying outside a courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, Nov. 8, 2014.

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Men and women shout and gesture while protesting a rally by members affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement outside a courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, November 8, 2014.

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Police block a crowd that gathered to protest a rally by the East Coast Knights, which claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, outside a library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 21, 2014.

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Security officials, some in riot gear, watch from the sidelines as members of the National Socialist Movement and the Adirondack Fraternity White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, hold a rally at a courthouse in Rockwall, Texas, November 8, 2014.

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A confederate flag hangs from a barn where members of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group which claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, prepare a cross with canvas ahead of a cross lighting ceremony at a private farm in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015.

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Members of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, hold a ceremony for new members at a private farm house in Carter County, Tennessee July 4, 2015.

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New inductees of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group which claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, kneel during a ceremony for new members at a private farm house in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015.

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Eric, a member of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, shows off a noose that hangs in the barn of a private farm in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015. Eric asked that his last name not be used.

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Billy Snuffer, the Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, reads from a version of the Kloran ahead of a cross lighting ceremony at a private residence in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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Members of the Nordic Order Knights and the Rebel Brigade Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, gather ahead of a cross lighting ceremony at a private residence in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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A Confederate flag and a flag containing the Ku Klux Klan emblem hang in the background as members of the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, prepare a cross with canvas ahead of a cross lighting ceremony in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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Members of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, wrap a cross with canvas ahead of a cross lighting ceremony on a private farm in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015.

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After holding a public rally, members of the Nordic Order Knights and Rebel Brigade Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, gather to raise a cross before a cross lighting ceremony on a member's property in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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Eric, a Nighthawk for the Nordic Order Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, smokes a cigarette in his robe before a cross lighting ceremony on a member's property in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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An Imperial Kludd (L) for the Rebel Brigade Knights, lights the torches of fellow Klansmen and members of the Nordic Order Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, as they prepare for a cross lighting ceremony on a member's property in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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Members of the Nordic Order Knights and the Rebel Brigade Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, raise their torches while shouting "For God, for family, for country, for the Klan" during a cross lighting ceremony on a member's property in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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A tattoo on the knuckles of a Klansman reads "Love" as he participates with members of the Nordic Order Knights and the Rebel Brigade Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, in a cross lighting ceremony on a fellow member's property in Henry County, Virginia, August 9, 2014.

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Members of the Rebel Brigade Knights and the Nordic Order Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, hold their lit torches during a cross lighting ceremony at a private residence in Henry County, Virginia, October 11, 2014.

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Members of the Rebel Brigade Knights and the Nordic Order Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, hold their lit torches during a cross lighting ceremony at a private residence in Henry County, Virginia, October 11, 2014.

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Members of the Virgil Griffin White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, encircle a cross lighting ceremony at a private farm house in Carter County, Tennessee, July 4, 2015.

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Members of the National Socialist Movement and the Adirondack Fraternity White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, take part in a cross and swastika lighting ceremony at a private residence in Hunt County, Texas, November 9, 2014.

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Members of the Adirondack Fraternity White Knights, a group that claims affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, display their tattoos and salute towards the camera during a cross and swastika lighting at a private residence in Hunt County, Texas, November 8, 2014.

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Members of the Rebel Brigade Knights and the Nordic Order Knights, groups that both claim affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, gather for a group photograph in front of a lit cross after a cross lighting ceremony at a private residence in Henry County, Virginia, October 11, 2014.

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