Topeka school considers racist past of its namesake


October 18, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Topeka high school are considering how the community can respond to a report from its student newspaper that the man the school is named for was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century.

Seaman High School's student newspaper, The Clipper, reported Friday that Fred Seaman was an "exalted cyclops" or chief officer of the Topeka KKK.

Rumors of Seaman's ties to the KKK had circulated for years in the Topeka district, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Earlier this year, someone anonymously sent a newspaper clipping to history teacher...

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