Parker Sage

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Eugene John Parker Sage ( March 31, 1896 - June 01, 1978) of Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan was a diemaker and a defendant in the Great Sedition Trial of 1944. In 1935 he organized a secret organization called the Black Legion. It had a military structure and was estimated at having 25,000 members. It was organized the Midwestern states and like Klan organizations at the time targeted Communists, Blacks and “anti-social” elements in society.

In 1938 he was one of the founders of the National Workers' League in Detroit and became the group's treasure.[1] However investigators considered him the "executive head" of the organization.[2]

On April 16, 1942, Parker Sage, Garland Alderman, and Virgil Chandler were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in connection to the Sojourner Truth public housing riot in Detroit.[3] The were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot. The Justice Department later saw there was insufficient evidence to prosecute them.


  1. Life magazine January 17, 1944
  2. The Pittsburgh Press, "Dies Claims 'Proof' of Propaganda Ring", January 22, 1942
  3. Spokane Daily Chronicle, "Indictments Returned In Housing Battle", page 2, April 17, 1942
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