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Jimmy Ogle guides monthly tours through the old Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams. Jimmy Ogle guides monthly tours through the old Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams.
This weekend, the White Knights of the KKK will rally. This weekend, the White Knights of the KKK will rally.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says the plan is complete. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says the plan is complete.
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(WMC-TV) – The Memphis police are prepared to protect Downtown Memphis Saturday from a situation the city's top cop is calling a powder keg - the Ku Klux Klan rally.

Jimmy Ogle guides monthly tours through the old Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams.

"The courthouse was during the civil war," Ogle said.  "There's all sorts of history to this building and we just like telling the story of it."

The Peabody hotel building, the Lorrainne Motel, both purchased at auction on those steps.

This weekend, the White Knights of the KKK will rally.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says the plan is complete.  MATA will bus in 80 to 100 members of the KKK.

Police expect gang members to show up in protest, as well as other anti-KKK factions.

Everyone will be searched and wanded.  No weapons or masks will be admitted into the area of the rally.

"We're ready. We're ready," said Armstrong.  "We're basically sitting on a powder keg that can go at any time.  We just wanted to make sure that we didn't have a repeat of 1998."

The weather forecast calls for potential rain.  The permitted make-up date is Easter Sunday.

Armstrong said he will not honor that date.  By text, rally organizers said "this will happen no matter what".

"I certainly expect them to move forward with the rally regardless of the weather," Armstrong stated.

Meaning one more chapter will soon be added to the book behind a century old courthouse.

"No matter which way you slice it, good or bad, in Memphis, Tennessee we tell the story of American history better than any other city in the country," Ogle said.

There will be roads closed and certain areas of downtown marked off.  Director Armstrong said he plans to release those plans on Friday.

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