Organizations or Social Club Site

Site Type curated by: The African American Historic Sites Database Team

Organizations & Social Clubs in Virginia

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Historical Significance The Elks Club is housed in an old stone structure on a lot once owned by the Evans family of Winchester. The Evans family operated a livery business and taxi service at the location on North Kent Street. Later the building…

Historical Significance In 1893, Caleb Robinson (1864-1950s), a Jamaican-born and Virginia-educated professor at Virginia Union University in Richmond, created the McKinley Institute in the Meadville section of Halifax County. The Institute was…

Historical Significance The meeting hall in the bottom of Mount Pleasant Lodge was the only place blacks could meet in Abingdon for special gatherings. African Americans worshiped in this building during the late 19th century. Physical…

Historical Significance Black fraternal orders like the Odd Fellows (and similar organizations for women) were popular during the 19th century as places where blacks could hone their business and economic skills, as well as socialize. White Odd…

Historical Significance In 1903, the Independent Order of St. Luke moved into its brand-new national headquarters in the St. Luke Building. The Order of St. Luke was initially founded in Baltimore in 1867 by Mary Prout, a formerly enslaved woman, to…