United Order of Tents Building

United Order of Tents Building (HM1JGY)

Location: Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.394', W 79° 56.71'

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Francis P. Seignious House

— 73 Cannon Street —

This two and a half story house was built circa 1856 by Stephen S. Lloyd. Constructed in the form of a
Charleston single house, the basement level is brick, laid in American bond. The upper stories are of
wood with Greek Revival and Italianate decorative influences.

In 1856, Lloyd sold the newly constructed house to Francis P. Seignious (1817 -1883), a merchant, and it
remained in his family until 1886. During the early twentieth century, the house and its now demolished
two - story outbuilding housed various tenants, including an automobile repair yard.

The United Order of Tents of J. R. Giddings and Jollifee Union purchased the property on December 7,
1956 to serve as its Charleston district headquarters. Founded in 1867 in Norfolk, Virginia, the United
Order of Tents is a national organization of Christian Black women started by two enslaved women,
Annetta M. Lane and Harriet R. Taylor, with the support of two prominent abolitionists , John Joliffee
and J.R. Giddings. The founding members saw the Order as a "tent of salvation" amidst the turmoil of
Reconstruction and envisioned uplifting the African American community through mutual aid.

With the development of the national black woman's club movement, the organization has since grown
into a sisterhood of thousands across the United States. In 1913 the first tent of the Charleston District
emerged, Grace Tent #6 , and it was formally incorporated in 1919. Since then, the group has raised
money for orphanages, cancer research, a home for the elderly and helps to finance the burial of their
members and continues to make valuable contributions to the community.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 598773 N 3628488
Decimal Degrees32.78990000, -79.94516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.394', W 79° 56.71'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 23.64" N, 79° 56' 42.6" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 69 Cannon St, Charleston SC 29403, US
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