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The Elks Lodge

 
 
The Elks Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
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 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.

Over

The Elks Lodge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 25, 2017
2. The Elks Lodge Marker
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
 
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 AmericansCivil RightsFraternal or Sororal Organizations

 
The Elks Lodge-corner stone marker image. Click for full size.
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 March 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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