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Back in the teens, Dan Beard was working out of Massillon, Ohio. National asked how many Negro Scouts he had in his Massillon Area Council. His reply was he refused to answer that question, in his eyes they were all Scouts.

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My parents did not permit me to join BSA when I was young (late '60's) because the troop (rural Central Ohio) was run by the local KKK. I didn't know this until I was a late teen...when an African-American family moved to town and promptly received threats, etc. They left town at the end of the school year.


I don't know if that is still the case, but that part of the state is far more integrated now.







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