CDV studio portrait of an African American mason dressed in regalia. George Schuwirth: Austin Texas, n.d., circa 1877-1885. East Pecan Street imprint on verso.
The unidentified subject stands wearing a tasseled Masonic apron and sash with stars. He wears white gloves and holds a feathered hat with a cockade across his body at his shoulder, a Masonic triangle visible on his wide cuff. A sword or dagger is sheathed at his side. he is possibly a member of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Freemasons, an African American fraternal lodge originally founded by Prince Hall in 1798. The first Lodges in Texas were founded between 1871 and 1873, and the 1875 convention records a representative from Austin, Rt. Worshipful Brother J. H. Morris. The important statesman Norris Wright Cuney (1846-1898) was elected the first grandmaster at the same convention.
Some spotting and darkening.
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