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Charlotte's Early Jewish History


Masonic Temple This postcard depicts Excelsior Masonic Lodge 261

ca. 1915-1929 Item Link

Excelsior Lodge was founded in 1867 as the 261st Masonic Lodge to be chartered in the United States.  It was founded in Charlotte, NC by Charlotte businessman and alderman Samuel Wittkowsky and former N.C. Governor, U.S. Senator, and Confederate General Zebulon B. Vance.  Interestingly, over half of the charter members of Excelsior Lodge were Jewish, including Wittkowsky.