African American Odd Fellows Lodge at New Castle, KY

1886 African American Odd Fellows Lodge Henry Co KY
1886 African American Odd Fellows Lodge
New Castle, Henry Co KY

What: KICK OFF CAMPAIGN to save the Historic Odd Fellows Building sponsored by the New Castle Kentucky Main Street Program
When: 6 pm Thursday, August 13th , 2015, with Various Speakers
Where: Historic Odd Fellows Building at 32 South Main Street in New Castle, Ky.
6:30 pm : Reception with refreshments in “The Locker” next to Odd Fellows Building

In March of this year, a heavy snowstorm caused a collapse of the roof of the Historic Odd Fellows Building. The “Save the Historic Odd Fellows Building Committee” would like to invite you to its kick off campaign on Thursday, August 13th at 6 pm in front of the Odd Fellows Building at 32 South Main in New Castle, Kentucky. This occasion is sponsored by the New Castle Main Street Program as the initial event to raise funds to save and renovate this historic building.

The Odd Fellows Building became home to the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge #1513 in 1886. Former slaves founded this organization in 1872 just following the end of the Civil War. This lodge is the only remaining active Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Kentucky and possibly the oldest African American fraternal organization in the state. On August 15th the Odd Fellows will be celebrating their 143rd Homecoming and Parade in downtown New Castle.

We hope you are able to attend this important event prior to the Homecoming as it is imperative this building be saved and restored. It is not only a significant part of African American history in New Castle and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it is a national treasure that must be preserved.

For more information please contact New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke at 502-645-5421 or New Castle Preservation Board Chairman Joe Yates at 502-845-4441 or Richard Smith, President of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge #1513 at 502-330-4908.