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Covington in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

African American Elks

 
 
African American Elks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
1. African American Elks Marker
Inscription.  Covington native Benjamin F. Howard (1860-1918) was co-founder, with Arthur J. Riggs of Shelbyville of the first national African American Elks organization, called Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. Chartered in Ohio, 1899; Howard elected as first Grand Exalted Ruler. Covington's Ira Lodge No. 37 formed in early 1900s.
Presented by City of Covington and Kentucky
African American Heritage Commission.

 
Erected 1985 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1956.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 39° 4.758′ N, 84° 30.348′ W. Marker is in Covington, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenup Street (Kentucky Route 17) and East 11th Street, on the left when traveling north on Greenup
African American Elks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 30, 2021
2. African American Elks Marker
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Street. Marker is at east end of B.F. Howard Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Covington KY 41011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. James E. Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); William L. Grant / Lincoln and Grant Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jacob Price (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northern KY’s 1st Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sandford House / Western Baptist Theological Institute (approx. 0.3 miles away); Covington & Lexington Turnpike (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clayton-Bullock House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Geo. V. Flaig (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Covington.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World. From the still-active organization's website. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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