Little Known Black History Fact: Gennett Records and the KKK

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As the Great Depression hit the economy and interest in radio increased, Gennett Records began to fold. Not to mention, attention had been drawn to the KKK with the murder of its leader. With the decline of the Klan’s recording funds, the company folded shortly after the death of the Indiana state Klan.

Artists that recorded under Gennett Records have since been honored by the Starr-Gennett Walk of Fame in Richmond, Indiana.

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3 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Gennett Records and the KKK

  1. Bill is right. Key facts in this account are wrong. That’s not opinion or ideology, it is fact. The mistaken reference to a murdered Klan leader shows how poorly this article was researched. As Bill said, the Klan leader raped a woman and she killed herself. His conviction was key to the downfall of the 1920s Klan. Does anyone on this site care about accuracy?

  2. Very little in ths is true. Richmond is not in southern Indiana, the KKK did not keep the company afloat, The Sears contract provided serveral hundred times more income than the KKK recordings. The KKK leader was not murdered, He was tried and convicted and put in jail for kidnapping and rape. Maybe some research should be done. Most libraries have state maps and old newspapers about the KKK in Indiana. The writer may wish to find one and do some research.

  3. So you’re trying to say that without the money afforded by Klan record sales the Gennett Co. was forced to close? Total crap. Do you really think that those records represented a substantial proportion of Gennett’s sales? They probably made more money pressing Hawaiian waltzes, country fiddlers & evangelist Homer Rodeheaver’s popular hymns.

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