Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy Meeting Hall Collection, 1843-2014 | East Texas Research Center

By Jared McNeely

Collection Overview

Title: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy Meeting Hall Collection, 1843-2014Add to your cart.

ID: B/131

Extent: 0.0

Arrangement: There are 215 folders organized in 5 boxes, 2 oversized boxes containing Herione and Masonic quarterlies, and 2 oversized bundles.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is broken up into two categories. The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star, and the fraternal insurance organization the American Woodmen of the World, which are all located in Lufkin, Texas. These range from the early 1870’s to the late 1980’s.

The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after. These range from the early 1840’s to present day.

Collection Historical Note

The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.

The Texas Prince Hall Masons chartered the Dawn of Light Lodge #79 in 1893 located in Lufkin Texas where Rev. Bettie Kennedy’s father, William Engram, was a founding father. The lodge was the first African American Freemason lodge in Lufkin. Rev. Bettie Kennedy’s former husband, Oscar Kennedy, also became executive secretary of the lodge.  A number of chapters have grown and dissolved over time in the Meeting House lodge. Those chapters under the Dawn of Light No. 79 included the American Woodmen No. 71, the Order of the Eastern Star Annie Jones Chapter No. 114, Heroines of Jericho White Swan Court No. 48.

The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev. Bettie Kennedy. The photographa are of her family primarily from high school and college. The articles detail a number of the projects that Bettie Kennedy was a part of, including the Meeting Hall Restoration Project and Black History Projects.

Source:

Perkins, Mary. Lufkin Daily News. http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_e972a348-30c4-11e4-9fa1-001a4bcf887a.html


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Dawn of Light Lodge #79],
[Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71],
[Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114],
[Series 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148],
[Series 5: Personal & Misc],
[Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy],
[Series 7: Oversized],
[All]

Series 1: Dawn of Light Lodge #79Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Financial

Folder 1.      Lists of Members with Unpaid Dues/Relief, Monroe Penson, Secretary

Folder 2.      Lists of Members with Unpaid Dues/Relief, Oscar Kennedy, Secretary

Folder 3.      Monthly Relief Report, Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, 1964-1984

Folder 4.      Notification of Due Assessments

Folder 5.      Death Relief

Folder 6.      Receipts for Paid Relief

Folder 7.      Receipts for Dues, Oscar Kennedy to Grand Secretary

Folder 8.      Receipt Ledger, 1962-1963

Folder 9.      Receipt Ledger, 1964-1983

Folder 10.  National Appeals for Fire Relief, Financial Assistance, National

Folder 11.  Check Stub Ledger

Folder 12.  Financial Booklets

Folder 13.  Bank Records

Folder 14.  Meeting Price Lists

Folder 15.  N.A. Garrett, Insurance

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 16.  Ed Swaggerty, Worshipful Master, 1914-1944

Folder 17.  Monroe Penson, Secretary, 1924-1949

Folder 18.  W.L. Dunn, Secretary, Relief, General, 1950-1952

Folder 19.  Zeno Cox, Secretary, General, Relief, 1957-1958

Folder 20.  Oscar Kennedy, Relief Assistance, 1952-1987

Folder 21.  Oscar Kennedy from Grand Masonic Lodge, 1953-1987

Folder 22.  Oscar Kennedy, Fraternal Lodge Assistance

Folder 23.  Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, General

Folder 24.  Booker T. Robinson From Grand Masonic Lodge, Relief, General, 1953-1955

Folder 25.  Booker T. Robinson, Oscar Kennedy From Robert Banks, Livingston

Folder 26.  L.B. Lamb, Worshipful Master, General

Folder 27.  Letters from Matrons of Heroines of Jericho and Order of the Eastern Star

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 28.  Constitution and Revisions

Folder 29.  By Laws and Drafts

Folder 30.  Masonic Ritual Books

Folder 31.  Application for Membership, Reinstatement

Folder 32.  Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 33.  Mother Lodge of England Connection to Texas

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Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 1.  Oversizedcar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 2.  Oversizedcar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 3.  Meeting Notes, Minutes, George Conner, Assistant Secretary

Folder 4.  Membership Index 1988

Folder 5.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall, 1974, 1977

Folder 6.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall 1952,1954

Folder 7.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall. 1956

Folder 8.  77th and 78th Masonic Annual Communication

Folder 9.  Funeral and Sunday Church Programs, Pamphlets

Folder 10.  Miscellaneous, Pamphlets, Flyers

Folder 11.  Masonic Photographs

Folder 12.  Structure of Masonry Degrees (Oversized)

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers & Masonic Quarterlies

Folder 13.  Texas Prince Hall Masonic Quarterly September 1981-June 1985

Folder 14.  “Masonic Quarterly” (Oversized) September 1927-September 1941

Folder 15.  “Masonic Quarterly” (Oversized) September 1960-March1988

Folder 16.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1927, Vol. 32, No. 8 (Oversized)

Folder 17.  “Masonic Quarterly”, May, 1928, Vol. 32, No. 11(Oversized)

Folder 18.  “Masonic Quarterly”, May 1929, V. 32, No. 15 (Oversized)

Folder 19.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1930, V. 32, No. 18 (Oversized)

Folder 20.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1930, V. 32, No. 20(Oversized)

Folder 21.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1931, V. 32, No. 33(Oversized)

Folder 22.  “Masonic Quarterly”, Unidentified, 1932(Oversized)

Folder 23.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1935, No. 148 (Oversized)

Folder 24.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1936, V. 37, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 25.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1937, V. 37, No. 154 (Oversized)

Folder 26.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1937, V. 37, No. 156 (Oversized)

Folder 27.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December, 1937, V. 38, No. 157 (Oversized)

Folder 28.  “Masonic Quarterly” September 1944, Vol. 24, No. 69, Second Edition (Oversized)

Folder 29.  “Masonic Quarterly” May 1945, V. 25, No. 73 (Oversized)

Folder 30.  “Masonic Quarterly” September 1945, V. 45, No. 172 (Oversized)

Folder 31.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1946, V. 26, No. 76 (Oversized)

Folder 32.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September, 1946, V. 26, No. 78 (Oversized)

Folder 33.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1948, V. 28, No. 91 (Oversized)

Folder 34.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1949, V. 30, No. 93 (Oversized)

Folder 35.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1960, V. 40, No. 143 (Oversized)

Folder 36.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1960, V. 40, No. 144 (Oversized)

Folder 37.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1961, V. 40, No. 145 (Oversized)

Folder 38.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1961, V. 40, No. 146(Oversized)

Folder 39.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1961, V. 44, No. 148(Oversized)

Folder 40.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1962, V. 42, No. 149 (Oversized)

Folder 41.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1962, V. 40, No. 150 (Oversized)

Folder 42.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1962, V. 40, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 43.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1962, V. 40, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 44.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1962, V. 40, No. 152 (Oversized)

Folder 45.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1965, V. 63, No. 9 (Oversized)

Folder 46.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1965, V. 63, No. 10 (Oversized)

Folder 47.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1965, Unknown Edition (Oversized)

Folder 48.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1966, V. 64, No. 1 (Oversized)

Folder 49.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1966, V. 64, No. 2 (Oversized)

Folder 50.  “Masonic Quarterly” June 1968, V. 64, No 9 (Oversized)

Folder 51.  “Masonic Quarterly” June 1970, V. 67, No. 1 (Oversized)

Folder 52.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1972, V. 68, No. 9 (Oversized)

Folder 53.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1974, V. 64, No. 13 (Oversized)

Folder 54.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1976, V. 71, No. 21 (Oversized)

Folder 55.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1976, V. 72, No. 21 (Oversized)

Folder 56.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1978, V. 41, No. 214 (Oversized)

Folder 57.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1978, Vo. 73, No. 25 (Oversized)

Folder 58.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1988, V. 87. No. 3 (Oversized)

Folder 59.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1981- March 1986

Folder 60.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March (Oversized)

Folder 61.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1989, V. 88, No. 3(Oversized)

Folder 62.  Newspaper Scraps (Humidified, Photocopied, Discarded)


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Dawn of Light Lodge #79],
[Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71],
[Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114],
[Series 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148],
[Series 5: Personal & Misc],
[Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy],
[Series 7: Oversized],
[All]

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