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3:02 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
Members of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK who applied to GDOT's Adopt-a-Highway program along a one-mile stretch of Ga. 515 in Union Co. (from left) Harley Hanson, April Chambers and an unidentified member.
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ATLANTA -- The Ku Klux Klan has a new ally, of sorts.

11Alive News contacted a local chapter of the klan for an update after the Georgia Department of Transportation denied the group's application to adopt a stretch of GA 515 in Union County.

We were referred to the American Civil Liberties Union, which advocates for individual rights.

"The ACLU of Georgia has agreed to represent the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia," Chara Fisher Jackson, legal director of the the ACLU of Georgia, wrote to 11Alive News.

In denying the KKK's application, GDOT commissioner Keith Golden wrote: "The impact of erecting [an Adopt-A-Highway] sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern. Impacts include safety of the traveling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction, or interference with the flow of traffic."

April Chambers, who filed the KKK's Adopt-A-Highway application, told 11Alive News earlier that they would take the issue to court.

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