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Virgil Lee Griffin, Sr.

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note: Virgil Griffin joined the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the early 1960s and was convicted of crimes related to his activities in 1965 and 1980. On November 3, 1979, Griffin led followers to a "Death to the Klan" rally in Greensboro, N.C. Griffin stated that he had told his men to come unarmed, but once confronted by anti-KKK protesters, shots were fired. Five protesters were killed. Griffin was tried and acquitted in 1984 for civil rights violations stemming from the incident. He was also a defendant in a 1985 civil suit, but was found not to be liable in the shootings. Griffin died in 2009.