Last updated: May 24, 2022
African American Heritage Driving Tour Stop 8: African American Fraternal Organizations
African American fraternal organizations, like Bright Hope Lodge #9 in Montgomery, WV began as a means of meeting the economic and social needs of the African American community. They shaped African American identity through rituals of brotherhood and protected members against poverty and other hardships. Although fraternal organizations originated in free black communities before the Civil War, thousands were founded during Reconstruction.
Fraternal organizations for black and white residents began before governmental aid and other assistance programs existed for the poor. Segregation and discriminatory practices made obtaining what little help that was available even more difficult for African Americans. African American fraternal organizations became a back-up plan for their communities. By collecting membership dues, they were able to aid the poor, the unemployed, orphanages, and widows, often providing burial funds.
Bright Hope Lodge was organized on January 22, 1889 in Coal Valley, Fayette County.
For the full story go to: African American Fraternal Organizations: Bright Hope Lodge #9; Montgomery, WV
Other nearby places of interest:
Simmons High School
Booker T. Washington Home and Monument
Physical Address: 65 Gaines Street, Montgomery, WV 25136
GPS Coordinates: N38.179942 -W81.315825
From Beckley, WV: Take Highway 19 north to Oak Hill, WV. Take the East Oak Hill exit and turn left at the top of exit ramp (Main Street or Highway 16 south). Drive through downtown Oak Hill. Turn right on Highway 61 north (Jones Street) and travel 23 miles to Montgomery. Pass the Montgomery City sign and turn right on the first road (Gaines Street) on the right after the City sign and before you drive under the overpass. Stop at Bright Hope Lodge on the right
From Fayetteville, WV: Take Highway 19 south to Oak Hill, WV. Take the Oak Hill exit and turn right at the top of exit ramp (Main Street or Highway 16 south). Drive through downtown Oak Hill. Turn right on Highway 61 north (Jones Street) and travel 23 miles to Montgomery, WV. Pass the Montgomery City sign.Turn right on the first road (Gaines Street) on the right after the City sign and before you drive under the overpass. Stop at Bright Hope Lodge on the right
Directions to the next Tour Stop:
Physical Address: 10 Broadway Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901
GPS Coordinates: N37.998485 -W81.131346
From Montgomery, take Hwy 61 South 23 miles to Oak Hill and turn left on Hwy 16 North. Travel 2 miles to Russell E. Matthew’s Park and playground. Turn right at park. Tour Stop and parking is at the playground.
African American Fraternal Organizations
Written by: Dr. Brucella Jordan Narrated by: Joshua Flynn Music: What A Fellowship, performed byThe Gospel Singaleers
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