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Mount Dora in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111

 
 
Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 11, 2014
1. Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 Marker
Inscription. The Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111, is one of Florida’s oldest functioning African American lodges. Established in 1898, it followed the tradition of Prince Hall (1735-1807), who opposed racial oppression in Colonial New England and founded the first African American Lodge in the United States. The Witherspoon Lodge bought this frame vernacular style building in 1903 and has met here since then. Masonic rites require that meetings be held on the second floor. The building also houses the Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic women’s auxiliary. The Masons, the world’s largest fraternal organization, are committed to community service, mutual aid and the pursuit of free thought. In Mount Dora, the Witherspoon Lodge has provided help and shelter to various community organizations. In 1922, fire destroyed the city’s one-room segregated school for African-American children (Public School No. 66, first established in 1886). The Witherspoon Building served as a schoolhouse until the construction of the Milner-Rosenwald Academy in 1925. The Witherspoon Building has also served as the temporary assembly place for two churches, the Weaver Memorial Church of Christ and the Holiness Church
 
Erected 2001 by Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 and the Florida Department
Wide view of the Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 11, 2014
2. Wide view of the Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 Marker
The lodge was restored in 2007 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
of State. (Marker Number F-437.)
 
Location. 28° 48.569′ N, 81° 38.311′ W. Marker is in Mount Dora, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of North Clayton Street and Grant Avenue on North Clayton Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1410 North Clayton Street, Mount Dora FL 32757, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Milner-Rosenwald Academy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John P. Donnelly House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Mason (approx. 7.7 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); a different marker also named Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 9.2 miles away); Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida (approx. 12.6 miles away); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 13.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Dora.
 
Also see . . .  Mount Dora gets double recognition of history - Orlando Sentinel. (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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