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Masonic Knights Templar Boston Commandery at Mount Vernon
1889
USA: Virginia, Alexandria
Photograph on paper mounted on board
Gift of Harvey B. Leggee Collection of Shrine and Fraternal Material
96.005.3

Sepia-tone photograph of Masonic Knights Templar Boston Commandery at Mount Vernon. The house is in the background, as are groups of people. In the foreground are several rows of men in their Knights Templar regalia (aprons and sashes). Some wear gloves, some hold swords. On the left one man holds a banner reading, "Boston Commandery." At right, one man stands with one hand resting on a bass drum. The drum reads, "Boston Commandery, K.T. / 1769 Boston, Mass."


These members of Boston Commandery visited Mount Vernon in 1889, while they were attending the national Knights Templar Conclave (triennial meeting) in nearby Washington, DC. A Boston newspaper account of the trip notes that "the knights went to the portico of the famous old mansion and were photographed..."