Vidalia, LA. 12/5/2015. In 1964 Klansmen from Adams County, Mississippi and Catahoula Parish, Louisiana met in one of these rooms at the former Shamrock Hotel in Vidalia, Louisiana. The gathering included members of the UKA, White Knights and the Original Knights who were all frustrated by the “lack of guts” displayed by their respective Klans. One Klansman allegedly displayed a Silver Dollar minted on his birth year and proposed that such coins serve members of the new secret cell – The Silver Dollar Group. The men dubbed themselves the “toughest Klansmen in Mississippi or Louisiana” and pledged to inflict more violence than other groups. The Shamrock Hotel soon became a gathering place for the notorious Klan members.
Retired FBI agents confirm that the militant Silver Dollar Group was suspected in some of the most atrocious crimes in the mid-1960s in Adams County and Concordia Parish, including the murder of Ferriday shoe shop owner Frank Morris in December 1964. The small group of 20 or so Klansmen is also believed to be responsible for the murder of Wharlest Jackson in February 1967 and the attempted murder of George Metcalfe in August 1965.