African americans in yonkers
The idea of sticking together helped African Americans overcome the toughest of times. The importance of community and working together could not be stressed enough among the blacks. Community soon went beyond just churches and Masonries/fraternities began to form. The James H. Farrell Lodge is an African American masonry in Yonkers that goes as far back as to the times of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was established thirteen years after the document was signed and still stands today at 210 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers. Later in 1916, a sisterhood group formed named the Terrace City Chapter 26 of the Eastern Stars. This organization like the lodge still exists today. The purpose of Masons and Eastern Stars are to serve their community and to work together to better themselves and everyone around them. One of their main focuses during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when they were founded, was to like the church provide leadership and guidance for their community. The brothers of the lodge and the sisters of the eastern stars worked and still work together to better their communities and churches. For example in 1926 both organizations worked together to donate two stain glassed windows to the A.M.E Zion Church. This demonstrates that these organizations were not trying to become the church but instead work for it and with it. The church was still viewed as being the central point in the lives of African Americans. Instead of trying to replace the church they worked to help their people and their people included the church. Furthermore, community is essential among the African Americans in Yonkers.
Bagwell, Vinnie, Harold A. Esannason , Cassandra Alston, and Thomas R Gross. A study of African American Life in Yonkers from the Turn of the Century: An Overview. 1993.