Heart of Stone

Sarcophagus for Seth Glenn Young (1884-1925) in Herrin City Cemetery, 1320-1324 E. Stotlar Street, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois. S. Glenn Young led a bizarre and fascinating life. He was a Prohibition Agent and Ku Klux Klan leader, hero to some and villain to others.

He came to Williamson County in 1923, hired by the Ku Klux Klan to enforce Prohibition in the county, despite having been officially suspended as a Prohibition Agent three years earlier for murdering someone on a raid.

Young and his Klansmen raided illegal roadhouses and arrested hundreds of people. They were accused of falsely imprisoning and even torturing prisoners. A war broke out between the KKK and bootleggers, and at one point Young took over the town of Herrin and proclaimed himself police chief.

The KKK expelled him from their organization, but a few months later, he was killed in a shootout and buried with a full Klan ceremony attended by thousands of people. There were 73 legal indictments against Young when he died.


About the author Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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