GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold an event at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Park officials say the special-use permit was approved for a Maryland-based KKK group to exercise their First Amendment rights on Oct. 5 between 1 and 4 p.m. The event will be held on the lawn area north of Meade’s Headquarters along Taneytown Road.

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Officials say the park has a responsibility to make that land available for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech, even if the views expressed are contrary to those of most Americans.

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The group held a membership rally earlier this month at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., where thousands died in a Civil War clash that set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

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