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Florence Lodge No. 2212 was founded on August 8, 1881 and was reactivated on November 26, 2015.

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The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America

The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America, under the jurisdiction of the Committee of Management, England, organized and created for the purpose of aiding and assisting each other, when but for the helping hand of a brother and friend sorrow and misery might sojourn and remain for a long period in our midst; for this as well as our great brotherly love and charity to all mankind, we have banded ourselves together by solemn ties, promising to act at any and all times, and to each other as brethren, extending the helping hand to all in the time of need, in the hour of sickness, sorrow, or suffering, and thus, having by our mystic tie the power of knowing and discerning the pangs of poverty and how to relieve them; the despondency of sickness and how to alleviate the same and in the hour of mortal dissolution render less terrible and sorrowful the surroundings by the friendly and brotherly aid of the members of our mystic circle, who, uniting together for the common good of all, enable ourselves to guard against the unforeseen casualties which all are liable to encounter in this life; and having taken upon ourselves the mission of uniting and consolidating in one grand harmonious combination our entire Order in the sacred work of promoting the highest interest of humanity, as well as develop and elevate the mental and moral character of our brotherhood, by a liberal support of science and art, the inculcation Of the loftiest and most pure principles of philanthropy, honor, patriotism, and justice  and, above all, to promulgate and disseminate the true principles of friendship, love, and truth; preserve and diffuse the faith of the founders of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, and of society at large. as the embodiment of all the dictates of the human heart, as well as to place our Order, from the lowest to the most exalted branch, in one comprehensive working system.

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Daniel Chaney and Freedom's Friend Lodge #1024

On September 11, 1865--nearly four months after the end of the Civil War-- Zerubbabel Lodge No. 1187 in Baltimore was granted permission to open Shealtiel Lodge No. 1024 in Saint Michaels, Maryland.  A year later Shealtiel Lodge put in a…

Washington Lodge 1513 needs US!

Washington Lodge continues to write its history, future By Tammy Shaw Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12:43 am(Updated: February 21, 1:02 am) New Castle’s Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge #1513…

One of Bay State Lodge #814's Founders

  Honorable Bro. John J. Smith was born a free man in Richmond, Virginia, on November 2, 1820. As youth he heard stories about Boston, and made up his mind to settle there. By the time he was 20, he had saved enough money to move. In…

South Carolina District 13 Just Got A Little Safer

Greetings in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth!  I am honored to be able to write this piece in particular as great things are happening in District No. 13 ! I would like to introduce you to Bro. Emanuel Page Sr. of Wayman lodge 1339.…

Looking back at 175 years of excellence, then looking forward...

I greet you all quite early this morning in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth! -Many historians note the #GrandUnitedOrderofOddFellows as one of the most significant black mutual aid societies even at its beginning stages in the 1840’s.…

South Carolina District 13 is on the Move!

District 13's #threewisemen were at it again, traveling to #Virginia this time to visit with the #PastGrandmastersCouncil ! The brothers went to learn and attain their wisdom as we move forward in our goal to become the Hub District for the…
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Our Founder Speaks ! Correspondence of Prejudice

Correspondence between Our Founder and the self inducted "United Order of Oddfellows" Pottsville,Pa in a vain attempt to legitimize them...       The following is a copy of the first letter sent : New York, Aug.…

From Our Official History Book

The object and benefits of our Order were most beautifully explained by Grand Secretary Wm. M. Nelson, on the fifth day September, 1853, on the occasion of a grand banquet by Shakespeare Lodge, 252, at Manchester, England..... The Address…
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Quest for freedom

Bro. George W. Latimer was born in Norfolk, Virginia. His father, Mitchell Latimer, was white and his mother, Margaret an African slave belonging to his uncle Edward A. Latimer. In the early part of his life he was owned by a man named Edward…

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