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 The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star,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The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after.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The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.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The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev.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],
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Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 4.  Dues, Relief Receipts, Juanita Nelson, Secretary

      Subseries II: Correspondence

Folder 5.  Juanita Nelson, Secretary, E.E. Burnette 1945-1962

Folder 6.  Kathryn B. Smith, Relief

Folder 7.  M.A. Andrews, Worshipful Matron,

Folder 8.  Lou Willie Thompson, General, 1951-1952

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 9.  Constitution, By Laws, Draft of By Laws, and Ritual Book

Folder 10.  New Membership

Folder 11.  Return Charters

Folder 12.  55th and 59th Annual Session Proceedings, 1946,1949

Folder 13.  61st and 64th Annual Session Proceedings, 1951,1954

Folder 14.  65th and 66th Annual Session Proceedings, 1955,1956

Folder 15.  90th Annual Session Proceedings, 1965

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers

Folder 16.  “The Eastern Star” Order of the Eastern Star Official Organ January 1956

Folder 17.  “The Eastern Star” December 1972, (Oversized)


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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