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Fraternal Organizations In Virginia

African American Fraternal and Philanthropic Organizations

The African American county residents, male and female, participated in fraternal organizations. These organizations held meetings, hosted social events, and provided aid for those in need. The members of these organizations developed a lifetime of fellowship.

The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. African American men joined Odd Fellow lodges that were chartered by The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (as opposed to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows). The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows was founded in 1843 with a charter from the Grand Lodge in Manchester, England. See Charles H. Brooks, The Official History and Manual of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America (New York: Books for Libraries Free Press, 1971 [1902]). Some Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Chapters in Fairfax County met in Merrifield on Gallows Road, in Falls Church on James Lee Street, and in Accotink on Backlick Road.

The Household of Ruth. This organization was the women's auxiliary to the African American Odd Fellows order. Household of Ruth was organized in 1857 for the admission of the wives or women related to men in the fraternal order of Odd Fellows.

Source: Fraternal Lodges Developing and Expanding the Village in Rural Southern Virginia by Stuart W. Doyle

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Sons and Daughters of Liberty

Sons and Daughters of Liberty Cemetery

Fairfax Herald 16 November 1906

Sons and Daughters of Liberty Cemetery Cemetery Annandale, Va.

See also: Lodge collections