Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

Former Address: 1201 Spruce Street

(See place marker no. 23 on map)


The first African American Odd Fellows Lodge in Pennsylvania and the third in the nation was established as Unity Lodge No. 711 on May 14, 1844. In 1908, the headquarters of the Odd Fellows was erected in Philadelphia, and the group's national publication, The Odd Fellows' Journal, was published here.

(From: Blockson, Charles L. Philadelphia's Guide: African-American State Historical Markers. Philadelphia: Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection / William Penn Foundation, 1992.)