The Elks Lodge
Monumental Lodge No. 3 began as a club of 30 members, dedication themselves to the fraternal orderís 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.
The 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.
(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
Location. 39° 18.32′ N, 76° 37.795′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Madison Avenue. Touch for map. The marked is located at the upper right of the front door. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1528 Madison Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America.
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 away); Howard A. Kelly, M.D. (about 700 feet away); Sidney Lanier (about 700 feet away); The Cone Sisters (about 800 feet away); Early Civil Rights Era (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 18 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.