Thursday, October 1, 2009
Band of Brothers
Panoramic photograph of a Black fraternal organization. As much as I can determine from reading words appearing in the photograph, these men are members of the Menelik Temple, Doko #1, from Chicago, Illinois. One of the few books on the subject of black fraternal groups refers to one named the Royal Order of Menelik. (Ethiopia had an emperor named Menelik in the late 19th and early 20th century.) There are railroad cars and tents behind them, so they must have been attending a grand assembly. Certainly they dressed up in full regalia for the occasion.