How KKK Rally Image Found New Life 20 Years After It Was Published

Jan 9, 2013
Photograph by Todd Robertson, courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Photograph by Todd Robertson, courtesy of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Two decades ago in Georgia, a Gainesville newspaper published a picture and story under the headline "KKK March Calm." The photograph, incredible as it may seem today, showed a white toddler in a full KKK robe playing with the riot shield of a black Georgia State Police trooper. The shot, by Todd Robertson, found new life on the Internet but the true story behind its origins were largely unknown. Until now. 

David Griner of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies saw the photograph on Facebook last month and set out on a quest to find the photographer and learn the story behind the image. He was successful, more so than he imagined, and the tale of the image and the photographer who took it is online here.