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  • Collection: African American Freemasonry & Fraternalism

A 33° certificate issued by the United Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for Southern and Western Jurisdictions of the United States to Richard Theodore Greener, and dated September 8, 1896. Signed by Greener, John G. Jones, D.F. Seville, and…

Real photo postcard of Pollie Thomas. Dated between 1904 and 1918. This real photo postcard print or RPPC depicts Pollie Thomas of Staunton, Virginia, the Worthy Recorder of the Rose of Sharon Household of Ruth, No. 79. Printed on Azo paper.…

A medical certification letter issued by Doctor Eugene T. Butler for J. W. Gee. Dated August 26, 1906. In this letter, Doctor Eugene T. Butler certifies that he has examined Gee and finds him eligible for membership in any fraternal society. Butler’s…

A letter from Grand Master Joseph P. Evans of Maryland. Dated January 11, 1921. In this letter, Grand Master Joseph P. Evans of Maryland describes the funeral arrangements for William Tillman of Baltimore, a member of Jephtha Lodge, No. 11.

A membership certificate issued by the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society to Allie H. Smith of Court Frederick Douglass, No. 8496. Dated January 21, 1910. Research indicates that Court Frederick Douglass was located in Boston,…

An undated membership application for William S. Miller. In this document, Miller applies for membership at Arkansas Valley Lodge, No. 21, of Wichita, Kansas.

A letter from Capital City Lodge, No. 107, to Jephtha Lodge, No. 11. Dated May 18, 1917. In this letter, Capital City Lodge of Richmond, Virginia, confirms that it has fulfilled Jephtha Lodge’s request to bury its Worshipful Master, James H. Lewis.

A demit issued by Castle William Lodge of Boston, Massachusetts, to Perry Francis Adams Vanderzee. Dated January 18, 1940. Signed by the Worshipful Master E. D. Kelsey.

A Prince Hall Master Mason certificate issued by Hermon Lodge, No. 21, to Theodore Gleghorn. Dated October 10, 1921. Signed by Hermon Lodge’s Worshipful Master Charles Murdock and Secretary P. B. French. Imprint at the bottom of the certificate…

New Business: by what authority is dancing prohibited in Masonic circles. Dated about 1920. In this document from the official minutes of Jephtha Lodge, No. 11, the members of the lodge discuss the prohibition of dancing during the hours of…