Virgil Griffin

 

 

Age: 64

 

Summary: leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina who was involved in a deadly 1979 clash with members of the Communist Workers Party and became known nationally as Imperial Wizard of the Cleveland Knights of the KKK when five Communist marchers were killed in a clash with members of the Klan in Greensboro, North Carolina but who was cleared of state murder and federal civil rights conspiracy charges, in which several Klan members also were acquitted as well as the Klan, the American Nazi Party, and the Greensboro Police Department in a civil trial when they were found jointly liable for the wrongful deaths of the five people killed during the Communist-sponsored "Death to the Klan" rally on Nov. 3, 1979.

 

 

Cause of Death: Not released

 

Born: February 27, 1944

 

Died: February 11, 2009

 

Location: Gastonia, North Carolina