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 The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star,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The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after.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The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.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The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev.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


Perkins, Mary. Lufkin Daily News.

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],

Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram KennedyAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series I: Correspondence

Folder 1.  Interview 107A with Bettie Kennedy, Jonathan Gerland Interviewer

Folder 2.  Bettie Kennedy, Correspondence, Black Heritage Month

Folder 3.  R.L. Kuykendall, Response to “Send’em back”

Folder 4.  R.L. Kuykendall, Correspondence, Articles

Folder 5.  Correspondence, Bettie Kennedy and Kyle Ainsworth, Interviews

Sub-Series II: Projects

Folder 6.  Bettie Kennedy, Teacher’s Certification and Awards

Folder 7.  Bettie Kennedy, The Malone Family Project

Folder 8.  Bettie Kennedy, Temple Durden Jones Project

Folder 9.  Bettie Kennedy, Uncle Ines Times, Photographs, Civil Rights Activist

Folder 10.  Bettie Kennedy, Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Speech “The Race to Reality”

Folder 11.  Bettie Kennedy, City Council Statement, N.A.A.C.P.

Folder 12.  Bettie Kennedy, Latin American Heritage Project

Folder 13.  Bettie Kennedy, Texas Slaver Project

Folder 14.  Bettie Kennedy, Charles Freeman

Folder 15.  Photograph and Short Biography, Herman Woolbright, Huntington Mayor

Folder 16.  Bettie Kennedy, Black History Project

Folder 17.  Bettie Kennedy, Restoration Project

Sub-Series III: Articles and Newspapers

Folder 18.  “Black Pioneers of Oregon”, Article

Folder 19.  “New York City Riots”, Articles

Folder 20.  Lufkin Historical Articles, Black Heritage

Folder 21.  Handbook of Texas Online, Articles

Folder 22.  “Port Chicago”, Articles

Folder 23.  “Juneteenth”, Articles

Folder 24.  1928 Article “The Negro’s Influence as a Voter”

Folder 25.  Magazine, Texas Town and City, Vol. LXXXX, No. 11, Jackie Levingston

Folder 26.  Newsweek, “Transition” Articles

Folder 27.  Dallas Morning News, “Bush Campaign”

Folder 28.  Kohrville Historical Articles

Folder 29.  Lufkin Daily News, Articles, “Restoration Project”, Bettie Kennedy

Folder 30.  “Your Opinions”, Newsletter

Folder 31.  Laminated Articles, Misc.

Folder 32.  “Charm” Magazine, Cover and Article on Bettie Kennedy

Sub-Series IV: Personal and Misc.

Folder 33.  Bettie Kennedy, Photographs, Family

Folder 34.  Misc., T.A.K.S., Fiscal Notes

Folder 35.  Misc. Photographs, Tigers Baseball Team

Folder 36.  Minutes of City Commission, March 1st 1927

Folder 37.  Leadership Training Institution Pamphlet

Folder 38.  Jones Park Ribbon Cutting Pamphlet, March 22nd 2003, Misc.

Folder 39. Newspaper Scraps (Dehumidified, 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],


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