Raymond “Scotty” Wright

Raymond “Scotty” Wright

Raymond “Scotty” Wright was a Klansman from Clayton, LA, who in 1965 was elected Exalted Cyclops of the Clayton klavern of the Ferriday-Clayton unit of the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Meetings were held in a building located on Wright’s property.

When one Klansman accused another of divulging Klan secrets, a Klan trial of the accused was scheduled at the Clayton klavern. Four Klansmen deemed “executioners” were brought in to hear the accusations and to carry out the punishment, if any, proposed by the klavern.

Before a trial was held, Wright negotiated a peace between the two sides. He was elected Exalted Cyclops following his action.

An employee of International Paper Company in Natchez, Wright was a veteran of the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-52 and while in combat in Korea was separated from his unit. He survived behind enemy lines for almost five weeks with help from Korean citizens, who provided him with food.

He was captured by the Korean Army on Aug. 19, 1950 and held until repatriation on Oct. 22, 1950.

Wright was questioned by the FBI in the 1960s about several acts of Klan violence but denied any involvement.

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