“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Madison Park in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Elks Lodge

The Elks Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 25, 2017
1. The Elks Lodge Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1900, Monumental Lodge No. 3 is the oldest fraternal lodge of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World in Baltimore. This African American fraternal organization was founded in 1898 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and based on the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, which excluded non-white members.

Monumental Lodge No. 3 began as a club of 30 members, dedication themselves to the fraternal order’s mission of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity. The lodge developed its greatest strength between 1929 and 1932, when its membership grew to more than 2,100 members.

In 1929, the lodge purchased its present home at 1528 Madison Avenue. The Elks provided a brotherhood and a platform for empowerment within the African American community. In Old West Baltimore and elsewhere across the country, Elks joined with local churches to provide shelter, material support, money, and leadership to local and national civil rights movements. The Elks were a strong political force in the early 20th century, empowering African Americans to vote, fighting for equality, and fostering strong leaders.


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Monumental Lodge No. 3 was home to many Elks and leaders that were prominent locally and nationally, including George W.F. McMechen, William H. Smith, Ray R. Bond, and Pearl Brown.

Over the years, the lodge has been supported by three sister organizations: Great Southern Temple Number 30, founded in 1909, Emma Williams Temple Number 358, founded in 1925, and F.E.W. Harper Temple Number 429, founded in 1926.

(Inscription under the image in the upper right)
Lodge brothers in top hats, gloves, and coattails, circa 1992.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor—Baltimore City Landmark, Baltimore National Heritage Area
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsFraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 39° 18.32′ N, 76° 37.795′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Madison Park. Marker is on Madison Avenue. The marked is located at the upper right of the front door. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1528 Madison Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Legion Federal Post No. 19 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Howard Payne (1887-1960) House (about 300 feet away); Building Community Organizations (about 600 feet

The Elks Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 25, 2017
2. The Elks Lodge Marker
away); Suffrage Leaders (about 600 feet away); Howard A. Kelly, M.D. (about 700 feet away); Florence Hochschild Austrian / Robert Austrian (about 700 feet away); Sidney Lanier (about 700 feet away); The Cone Sisters (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
The Elks Lodge-corner stone marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 25, 2017
3. The Elks Lodge-corner stone marker
The corner stone is located in the lower right side of the building
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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