Pythian Temple Building pamphlet
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one pamphlet regarding raising funds to cover the debt held against the Pythian Temple Building in Birmingham, Alabama. The initial plan was to raise funds by receiving $1.00 per year from each member. The updated plan was to expect each member to purchase more than one bond. The information was written and shared by R. A. Blount, Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge of Alabama, circa 1918.
- circa 1918
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According to bhamwiki.com, The Pythian Temple building was originally constructed in 1913 as the Penny Savings Bank, the first black-owned bank in Alabama. The bank closed in 1915 and the building was purchased by the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and renamed the Pythian Temple. It was later sold again to A. G. Gaston. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
According to pythias.org, "In Birmingham, Alabama these Pythians became the cornerstone of an African American business community that included the first black-owned and operated bank in the state. They provided burial, life, and disability insurance for members and became a source of civic pride and racial solidarity. When their right to exist was challenged, they took the case to the Supreme Court in 1912 and won. This strategy would be used decades later in Brown v. Board of Education."
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Purchased in 2017
Processed by Kim Sims, June 2022
- Pythian Temple Building pamphlet
- Kim Sims
- June 2022
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