|Name :||United Order of Tents (bh9.gif)|
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|Description :||The United Order of Tents, one of the oldest lodges for African-American women in the country, was founded in Norfolk. It was secretly organized by two slave women, Annetta M. Lane and Harriet R. Taylor; and two abolitionist, Joliffe Union and Joshua R. Giddings as a part of the underground railway, assisting slaves to escape to the north. It was formally organized and publicly recognized after the end of the Civil War.
|Credit :||[photo from the collection of the Library of Virginia]|