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The United Order of Tents Eastern District #3

Bed-Stuy Create & Connect Fund Recipient

About The United Order of Tents Eastern District #3

The United Order of Tents Eastern District #3 is the oldest Black women’s fraternal organization in the US. Established in the 19th century, The United Order of Tents served the cause of abolition, originally providing aid to those escaping slavery via the Underground Railroad. As an early mutual aid society, they also provided food, shelter, clothing, nursing care, and proper burial to those in need. Now, their current mission is to solve local issues and serve their community, especially elderly neighbors, through the bonds of sisterhood.

Tea with the Tents: Creating Community through History and Art

Tea with the Tents is a one-day event for the community of Bedford-Stuyvesant to meet members of the United Order of Tents Eastern District #3, the oldest Black women’s benevolent society in the US, learn about their long and vibrant history, their past, and present mutual aid work and participate in a community art project documenting these stories for future generations. Additionally, audience members learn how to become a member of the United Order of Tents Eastern District #3 or a Friend of the Tents. This event hopes to connect the past to the present to build for the future.

Create & Connect Fund Applicant: Kelly M Britt

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