Marvin “Red” Burton

Marvin Red Burton

Marvin “Red” Burton is in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. But one of his bravest acts came as a McLellan County deputy sheriff.

He and the sheriff were trying to break up a huge Ku Klux Klan rally in 1921, which included many local officials and bigwigs.  The sheriff was shot, and Burton opened up on the crowd—holding them at bay until he could get his colleague to help.

Burton then ignored threats, mobs and a Klan “dead or alive” reward on his head, continuing to do his job throughout the area.

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