— News-Leader (@springfieldNL) June 27, 2015
BRANSON, MO (KTVI) – A Missouri woman who operates a Confederate merchandise store was recently outed as having ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
In a story appearing in the Springfield News-Leader, Anna Robb claimed the media misrepresents the meaning of the rebel flag, adding that it’s really a symbol of Southern culture and has nothing to do with “slavery, racism or white supremacy.”
Days after conducting that interview, the News-Leader learned Robb’s husband and co-owner of the store, Nathan, once tried to adopt a portion of an Arkansas highway on behalf of the KKK. The paper also discovered Nathan’s father, Thomas Robb, is the national director of the KKK.
When asked about that familial connection to a designated hate group, Anna Robb said she and her husband have not had contact with Thomas Robb in years. She admitted to attending KKK events in the past, but said that was in the past and has nothing to do with her store or the current issues.