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Masonic Temple with Group in Front
Maker not marked
USA: Virginia, Tazewell County, Pocahontas
Photograph on paper
overall: 10 x 8 in.; 25.4 x 20.32 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund

Sepia-toned photograph shows ornately decorated Masonic Temple and group of men; soldiers stand on porch and in front of building; noted on back in pencil "Petersburg, Va" [the building is actually in Pocahontas, Virginia]. Square and compasses symbol with G on building under half-round window. Front porch has a fence made partly of staves shaped like square and compasses.

For further information, see Tabbert, Mark A., "American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities", 2005, p.82 and blog post, April 17, 2012 http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/library_and_archives/2012/04/where-and-when-is-this.html

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