Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111

Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 (HM1DQK)

Location: Mt Dora, FL 32757 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 48.569', W 81° 38.311'

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The Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111, is one of Florida's oldest functioning African American lodges. Established in 1898, it followed the tradition of Prince Hall (1735-1807), who opposed racial oppression in Colonial New England and founded the first African American Lodge in the United States. The Witherspoon Lodge bought this frame vernacular style building in 1903 and has met here since then. Masonic rites require that meetings be held on the second floor. The building also houses the Order of the Eastern Star, the Masonic women's auxiliary. The Masons, the world's largest fraternal organization, are committed to community service, mutual aid and the pursuit of free thought. In Mount Dora, the Witherspoon Lodge has provided help and shelter to various community organizations. In 1922, fire destroyed the city's one-room segregated school for African-American children (Public School No. 66, first established in 1886). The Witherspoon Building served as a schoolhouse until the construction of the Milner-Rosenwald Academy in 1925. The Witherspoon Building has also served as the temporary assembly place for two churches, the Weaver Memorial Church of Christ and the Holiness Church
Marker NumberF-437
Year Placed2001
Placed ByWitherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111 and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 12:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 437694 N 3187045
Decimal Degrees28.80948333, -81.63851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 48.569', W 81° 38.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 48' 34.14" N, 81° 38' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)352, 407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1470 N Clayton St, Mt Dora FL 32757, US
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