Official Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Session of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias of Tennessee, Jurisdiction of N.A., S.A., E., A., A. and A., Held at Dyersburg, Tennessee, July 12, 13, and 14, 1910 (Pythian Period the XLVII).

Nashville, TN: A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1911. First edition of this annual issue. 8vo. 91, (4) pp. Illustrated from photographs, frontispiece portrait of Dr. J.P. Crawford, Grand Chancellor and five other officers, a group image of the Grand Lodge staff, and a view of the Temple in Nashville. "After a black lodge was denied a charter by the Knights of Pythias' Supreme Lodge meeting in Richmond, Virginia, on March 8, 1869, a number of black Americans who had been initiated into the order formed their own Pythian group, the Knights of Pythias of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. By 1897, the KPNSAEAA had 40,000 members, with Grand Lodges in 20 states and other lodges in the West Indies and Central America. It distributed $60,000 worth of benefits annually and had a woman's auxiliary and uniformed rank" (Wikipedia). With the bookplate of the "Tennessee Collection/Terry Ford" on the verso of the front wrapper. OCLC describes five locations for the serial, but none seem to include this annual issue. Still a good copy. Original printed blue wrappers (rubbed and worn, staining to upper portion of front wrapper, affecting the frontispiece). (8517). Item #61675

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