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

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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 The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star,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The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after.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The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.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The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev.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],
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Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 63.  Master of Finance, Account Ledge, 1908-1911

Folder 64.  Paystubs, 1914-1916

Folder 65.  Lawrence Lightner, Supreme Clerk, Lawrence Lightner, 1933

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 66.  Florence E. Long, Secretary, 1913-1915

Folder 67.  Ed Swaggerty, Secretary, September 1922

Folder 68.  Mollie P. Grace, Clerk

Folder 69.  C.C. Dove, Secretary-Treasurer 1959

Folder 70.  Miscellanious

Subseries III: Membership

Folder 71.  Ritual Book, Proceedings, Constitution

Folder 72.  Membership Certificates, Proof of Insurance

Folder 73.  Meeting Minutes, 1917-1922

Folder 74.  Meeting Minutes Ledger, Ilder D. Johnson, Recorder, 1921-1940


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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