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Fort Worth Flashback: Red Men promoted freedom, friendship, charity

Posted Jan. 17, 2012

Improved Order of Red Men

The Improved Order of Red Men traces its origins to secret patriotic societies founded before the American Revolution. They were established to promote liberty and to defy the tyranny of the English crown. Among the early groups were the Sons of Liberty, the Sons of St. Tammany and, later, the Society of Red Men.

This 1907 photo shows the Fort Worth Oneto Tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men meeting at the Texas and Pacific Station on present-day Lancaster Avenue. The Al Hayne monument can be seen in the background.

Through the early part of the 1900s, the order grew and by the mid-1920s there were tribes in 46 states and territories with a membership totaling more than a half-million.

Today, the Improved Order of Red Men continues as an organization that is pledged to the ideals of freedom, friendship and charity.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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