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 The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star,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The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after.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The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.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The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev.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 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 18.  Relief Receipts, Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 19.  Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary, General

Folder 20.  Frances Brewer, General

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 21.  Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary, Executive Membership List

Folder 22.  Membership Ledger, Janie Alexander, 1878

Folder 23.  Membership Ledger, Mrs. Goldie Williams, 1929-1942

Folder 24.  Membership Roll Book, 1950-1963

Folder 25.  Membership Roll Book, 1959-1963

Folder 26.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1933, 1937, 1942-1947

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Series IV: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court #148

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 1.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1939, 1947-1950

Folder 2.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1945-1947

Folder 3.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1949-1951

Folder 4.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1951-9157

Folder 5.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1950-1956

Folder 6.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1956-1960

Folder 7.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1948-1949,1957-1960

Folder 8.  Membership, Minutes, Relief, Notes, Relief, Dues, 1960-1967

Folder 9.  Notes, Dues, Minutes, Relief, 1967-1972

Folder 10.  79th and 83rd Annual Proceedings

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers and Quarterlies

Folder 11.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1940, Vol. 15, No. 54, First Edition (Oversized)

Folder 12.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1947, Vol. 27, No. 82, Second Edition (Oversized)

Folder 13.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1953, Vol. 34, No. 112 (Oversized)

Folder 14.  “Heroines Quarterly”  March 1967, Vol. 41, No. 67 (Oversized)

Folder 15.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1969, Vol. 41, No. 180(Oversized)

Folder 16.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1971, Vol. 41, No. 186, - December 1971, Vol. 41, No. 188 (Oversized)

Folder 17.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 214, March 1978(Oversized)

Folder 18.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 215, June 1978(Oversized)

Folder 19.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 216, September 1978(Oversized)

Folder 20.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1979, Vol. 43, No. 210(Oversized)

Folder 21.  “Heroines Quarterly” March 1980, Vol. 46, No. 221 – December 1980 (Oversized)

Folder 22.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1980, Page 5 and 6 (Oversized)

Folder 23.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1980, Vol. 47, No. 222, 5 copies (Oversized)

Folder 24.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1980, pgs. 5 & 6

Folder 25.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1981, Vol. 49, No. 255 – December 1981, Vol. 50, 288

Folder 26.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1982, Vol. 51, No. 230 – December 1982, Vol. 52, No. 232

Folder 27.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1983, Vol. 53, No. 232, - December 1983, Vol. 53, No.236

Folder 28.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1984, Vol. 59, No. 290

Folder 29.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1985, Vol. 62, No. 293

Folder 30.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1986, Vol. 64, No 295 – December 1986, Vol. 65, No. 298

Folder 31.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1987, Vol. 66, No. 301- December 1987, Vol. 66, No 302

Folder 32.  "Heroines Quarterly”, March 1988, Vol. 66, No. 303 (Oversized)

Folder 33.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1988, Vol. 66, No. 304 (Oversized)

Folder 34.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1988, Vol. 66, No. 305

Folder 35.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1989, Vol. 66, No. 308 – March 1989, Vol. 66, No. 307 (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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