Lillian Sedwick

Lillian Sedwick was the leader of the Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) Women's Ku Klux Klan (WKKK) and also the state superintendent of the Indiana state Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).

As a KKK candidate, Mrs. Sedwick won election to the Indianapolis school board, where she used her influence to promote racial segregation.

A number of people were affiliated with both the KKK and the WCTU because the Klan was a very strong supporter and defender of temperance and National Prohibition.

Lillian Sedwick, who was born on May 31, 1899, died on June 11, 1992.

For information on the KKK and and prohibition in Indiana, visit Indiana Still Suffers Vestiges of Prohibition in Spite of Repeal. To learn about the KKK's support and defense of National Prohibition, visit The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Alcohol, & Prohibition.

Lillian Sedwick's temperance advocacy was not in vain. Many people and organizations today support neo-prohibition ideas and many vestiges of Prohibition are still strongly defended.

References and Resources on Lillian Sedwick:

  • Bernikow , Louise. Women's Ku Klux Klan flounders in Indiana (June, 1926)
  • Blame Klan for segregation, Indianapolis Times, Jan 14, 1957. Lillian Sedwick had promoted racial segregation in her role as school board member.
  • Moore, Leonard J. Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928. Chapel Hill, NC, 1991, p. 220. Discusses Lilllian Sedwick in the KKK.
  • Mrs. Sedwick is new Klan head, Indianapolis Times, June 4, 1926, p. 1.
  • Women's Ku Klux Klan. Describes the role of Lillian Sedwick in the WKKK.

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