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Witherspoon Lodge Of Free And Accepted Masons, No. 111



Marker ID: FLHM F-437
Location: 1410 North Clayton Street, Mount Dora, FL
County: Lake
Coordinates: N 28° 48.569    W 081° 38.311
  28.80948333    -81.63851666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111


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





F- 437 Sponsored by Witherspoon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 111
and the Florida Department of State.
2001



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City: Mount Dora, FL