The KKK ran away in fear.
In 1958, the Ku Klux Klan KKK planned a rally in Maxton, NC to harass Lumbee tribal members and other non-whites. On the night of their rally over 500 Lumbee men showed up to the KKK rally with guns and sticks. The Lumbees went on the attack. The KKK members were routed and ran out of town in what is now called the Battle of Hayes Pond. The Battle of Hayes Pond was a pivotal moment in the history of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
and the Civil Rights Movement. The Ku Klux Klan had planned a rally in Maxton, North Carolina on January 18, 1958, with the intention of intimidating Lumbee tribal members and other non-whites in the area. However, over 500 Lumbee men, armed with guns and sticks, showed up to confront the Klan. As the Klan members began their rally, the Lumbees descended upon them, brandishing their weapons and shouting slogans like "Lumbee power" and "We don't want the Klan in our county." The Klan members were caught off guard and quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of Lumbees who had shown up to oppose them. In the ensuing battle, several Klan members were injured, and the rest fled the scene.
Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln in October 1860, when he was running for president, suggesting that he grow a beard. She wrote, "You would look a great deal better, for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President." Lincoln replied to Bedell's letter, saying that he would consider growing a beard.
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Lincoln did indeed grow a beard, and by the time of his inauguration in March 1861, he had a full beard. It is said that Lincoln grew the beard in response to Bedell's letter, although there is some debate among historians about whether this is true. Regardless, Lincoln's beard became a defining feature of his appearance, and he was the first president to wear a full beard while in office.
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