Class of 1930, Health Unit of Columbia Temple #422 [cellulose acetate photonegative, banquet camera format]
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order of Elks of the World
Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet
1 item, [11" x 20"]
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Banquet camera photographs
The Improved, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (I.B.P.O.E.) was formed in 1898 in Cincinnati, Ohio by B.F. Howard and Arthur J. Riggs, a Pullman porter. They had been denied membership in the all-white Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and they were determined to form an organization that "granted membership to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, or ethnicity". Their women's organisation is called the Daughters of the I.B.P.O.E. and is organised in Temples.
Posed group of women in white nurses uniforms holding scrolls. Sign behind the group reads, "Columbia Lodge No. 85 I.B.P.O.E.W." (Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order of Elks of the World). Trees, unidentified building and cannon in background. Ink on negative: caption and "Scurlock Photo". No edge imprint. Pencil retouching on faces.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History