The Resource The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street : a study of identity and place, by Mary Margaret Schley

The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street : a study of identity and place, by Mary Margaret Schley

Label
The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street : a study of identity and place
Title
The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street
Title remainder
a study of identity and place
Statement of responsibility
by Mary Margaret Schley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"One hundred years ago, a group of African-American women assembled in Charleston, South Carolina under the name of the United Order of Tents of J.R. Giddings and Jollifee Union. The only organization of its kind, the United Order of Tents is a secret society comprised and operated solely by African-American women. The Order traces its roots back to the operations of the Underground Railroad in Norfolk, Virginia. The founder of the organization, Annetta M. Lane, assisted slaves during their escape from the South through their journey on the Railroad. After emancipation, Annetta Lane and United Order of Tents co-founder, Harriett Taylor, recognized a need for African-American women to join together for strength and security in the new free world. To this end, the United Order of Tents was created. The founding members viewed the Order as a 'tent of salvation' amidst the turmoil of Reconstruction and intended to uplift the African-American community through mutual-aid and personal betterment. In 1913, the Charleston chapter of the United Order of Tents convened under a similar benevolent mission and has continually served the community for a century. In 1956, the Charleston chapter embedded the organization's history in the city's landscape with the purchase of 73 Cannon Street. The mid-nineteenth century single house served as the headquarters of the Order for fifty-six years. Since the Order's acquisition, the property fulfilled the multi-faceted needs of the organization serving as a meetinghouse, a stage for the members' sacred rituals, office and managerial space, a fundraising events venue, and an income-producing property. In the summer of 2012, the building and its services were extricated from the Order due to a city enforced public nuisances code, locally recognized as 'demolition by neglect.' Presently, the tents are operating out of scattered venues across the city. This disjunction threatens the historic relationship between 73 Cannon Street and the United Order of Tents. The circumstances surrounding the Order's building attracted attention in the local preservation consciousness. This interest served as the impetus for this investigation on identity and place. This thesis uncovers the historic narratives embedded within the structure of 73 Cannon Street and, consequently, reveals a relatively untold history of a group of African American women. Additionally, this study illustrates the power of architecture to serve as a vessel for identity and memory and to enrich the surrounding community. This study concludes with recommendations for preserving both the historic building and historic organization in order to maintain the sense of place at 73 Cannon Street."--Pages ii-iii
Cataloging source
RW6
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schley, Mary Margaret
Dissertation note
Thesis (M.S.H.P.)--Clemson University and College of Charleston, 2013.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
LC call number
F279.C48
LC item number
S35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American women
  • African American fraternal organizations
  • Secret societies
  • Historic buildings
  • Charleston (S.C.)
  • Dwellings
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Cannon Street (Charleston, S.C.)
  • United Order of Tents of J.R. Giddings and Jollifee Union
Label
The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street : a study of identity and place, by Mary Margaret Schley
Link
http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2667&context=all_theses
Instantiates
Publication
Note
UMI number: 1539441
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- History of the national black women's club movement and the United Order of Tents -- History of the black women's club movement and the United Order of Tents in Charleston -- Interwoven history of the United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street -- Interpretive photographic documentation of 73 Cannon Street -- The sense of place at 73 Cannon Street -- Recommendations and conclusions -- Appendices
Control code
ocn892983415
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 255 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles (some color), color maps, plans (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)892983415
Label
The United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street : a study of identity and place, by Mary Margaret Schley
Link
http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2667&context=all_theses
Publication
Note
UMI number: 1539441
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- History of the national black women's club movement and the United Order of Tents -- History of the black women's club movement and the United Order of Tents in Charleston -- Interwoven history of the United Order of Tents and 73 Cannon Street -- Interpretive photographic documentation of 73 Cannon Street -- The sense of place at 73 Cannon Street -- Recommendations and conclusions -- Appendices
Control code
ocn892983415
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 255 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles (some color), color maps, plans (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)892983415

Library Locations

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