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Elks Plaza

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Home of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks

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Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Bedford- Stuyvesant
Public Hall, Highlights in Central Brooklyn, African/ American, Gathering Place

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Elks Plaza is a long-standing site of gathering and communal life in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Built in the early 1910s, it was later home to the Black Elks fraternal organization and now serves as a rental hall used by a wide variety of community members.

Originally a single-family home, the current Elks Plaza building was expanded several times in the 1910s and 20s to create the current four-story masonry building. In the 1940s, it became the Brooklyn home of the Black Elks, the African American branch of the Elks fraternal organization (the original Elks, founded in 1868, did not admit Blacks until 1973). As Brooklyn Lodge No. 32 (the name still visible today on the building’s exterior) it grew to serve over 1,000 members and for many years was one of the few non-denominational sites in the area where blacks could congregate.

After the Lodge closed Ray Patterson purchased the building in...

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Patterson, Ray. Interviewed by Elena Martinez for Place Matters. August 7, 2002.


Dolores Lindsay

A place where community groups can hold special affairs.

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