Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
United Order of Tents Building
Francis P. Seignious House
—73 Cannon Street —
In 1856, Lloyd sold the newly constructed house to Francis P. Seignious (1817 -1883), a merchant, and it remained in his family until 1886. During the early twentieth century, the house and its now demolished two - story outbuilding housed various tenants, including an automobile repair yard.
The United Order of Tents of J. R. Giddings and Jollifee Union purchased the property on December 7, 1956 to serve as its Charleston district headquarters. Founded in 1867 in Norfolk, Virginia, the United Order of Tents is a national organization of Christian Black women started by two enslaved women, Annetta M. Lane and Harriet R. Taylor, with the support of two prominent abolitionists , John Joliffee and J.R. Giddings. The founding members saw the Order as a “tent of salvation” amidst the turmoil of Reconstruction and envisioned uplifting the African American community through mutual aid.
With the development of the national black woman’s club movement, the organization has since grown into a sisterhood of thousands across the United
Erected 2013 by Preservation Society of Charleston.
Location. 32° 47.394′ N, 79° 56.71′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Cannon Street just east of Smith Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cannon Street Y (within shouting distance of this marker); Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jonathan Jasper Wright (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Calvary Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cannon Street Hospital / McClennan Banks Memorial Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Septima P. Clark Expressway (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Parsonage / Miss Izard's School (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Aiken House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . . The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street: A Study of Identity and Place. 2013 thesis by Mary Margaret Schley, Clemson University. “One hundred years ago, a group of African-American women assembled in Charleston, South Carolina under the name of the United Order of Tents of J.R. Giddings and Jollifee Union. The only organization of its kind, the United Order of Tents is a secret society comprised and operated solely by African-American women. The Order traces its roots back to the operations of the Underground Railroad in Norfolk, Virginia. The founder of the organization, Annetta M. Lane, assisted slaves during their escape from the South through their journey on the Railroad. After emancipation, Annetta Lane and United Order of Tents co-founder, Harriett Taylor, recognized a need for African-American women to join together for strength and security in the new free world. To this end, the United Order of Tents was created. The founding members viewed the Order as a ‘tent of salvation’ amidst the turmoil of Reconstruction and intended to uplift the African-American community through mutual-aid and personal betterment.” (Submitted on March 8, 2015.)
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