Overall: 1 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. ( 3.8 x 17.1 cm )
printed: all over: "1944 * STAR OF BETHLEHEM GRAND CHAPTER, O. E. S. * 1984/ 40th/ Anniversary/ Celebration/ Bro. Alvin C. McPherson, General Chairman/ Sister Juanita B. Holmes/ Worthy Grand Matron/ Bro. David L. Patterson/ Worthy Grand Patron"
Molded glass presentation dish with a ruffled edge; screen printed decoration in white, blue and 22 karat gold with images of the Worthy Grand Matron and Patron of the Star of Bethlehem, Grand Chapter New York fraternal organization; dish inscribed, "1944 * STAR OF BETHLEHEM GRAND CHAPTER, O. E. S. * 1984/ 40th/ Anniversary/ Celebration/ Bro. Alvin C. McPherson, General Chairman."
This presentation bowl documents the important role clubs and membership organizations played in African-American Communities during the 20th century, providing a sense of community, pride in accomplishments and often financial assistence. This dish is notable for including an image of a woman, the "Grand Matron" of the organization. This club, like others also provided opportunities for women, whose daily work may have been menial or unrewarding to achieve in another arena.
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