posted on Jan, 31 2008 @ 03:05 PM
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Why do you think the Trinity Memorial is Masonic?
Well let's just pick an obelisk, say the Vance Memorial in my hometown of Downtown Asheville NC, do a little digging, and see if it's masonic...
TWO MONUMENTS TO THE JEWS' BEST FRIEND
The center of Asheville, NC, is dominated by an immense monument to Zebulon Baird Vance, NC governor, Freemason, U.S. senator and Charlotte attorney.
Considered best friend of Jewish people in Carolinas in l9th century. Wrote and delivered his lecture, The Scattered Nation, praising the Jewish
people and their faith to national audiences over many years. For decades B'nai B'rith and United Daughters of the Confederacy conducted annual
services at this monument. Broadway and Patton Avenue.
Asheville’s monument to tolerance
Confederates, Jews join hands on Vance's birthday
by Steve Rasmussen in Vol. 9 / Iss. 39 on 05/07/2003
Zebulon B. Vance spoke movingly and influentially against what he called "the wickedness and the folly of intolerance."
Rising skyward from the busy downtown crossroads of this Appalachian mountain town is an elegant spire of rough-hewn granite: the Vance Monument.
Recently, Asheville's answer to the Washington Monument has been a focal point for controversy over nation-sized issues of war and freedom of speech,
after police and city officials clamped down on the peace protests that, for months, had swirled around this memorial to North Carolina's own
The Vance Monument is more than just a shrine to a Civil War-era governor; more, even, than a forum for Asheville's remarkably diverse political
views. Ever since the winter solstice day in 1897 when its cornerstone was laid (in a rare public Masonic ritual) to honor the Confederate Christian
who stood up for the Jews, the monument has symbolized that most controversial of First Amendment rights: freedom of religion.
Wittowsky and Vance and possibly Pack were all members of the Freemasons. Vance, as noted earlier, was a member of the Mt. Hermon Lodge #118 in
Asheville, which was eventually in 1913, located in the Richard Sharp Smith building, the Scottish Rites building, on the corner of Broadway and
The seed money for the Zebulon Baird Vance Monument is one of George Willis Pack's most intriguing donations to the city of Asheville. The tall
obelisk constructed of grey granite was completed some four years following the death of Governor Zebulon Vance (1830-1894), a Weaverville native.
Its location in Court House Square was agreed to by the subscribers and the people of Asheville and local architect, Richard Sharp Smith was
contracted to design the monument. Over the years it has seen varying amounts of attention from those who use the square. Annually, for many years, a
ceremony was held at the foot of the obelisk to remember Vance and his many contributions to North Carolina. The monument also alludes to many of the
things that were important in Vance' life. The Egyptian obelisks with their cryptic hieroglyphs is referenced in the shape of the monument. Rulers
throughout the world brought many of the Egyptian monuments back as trophies of their wars. The nineteenth century had a particular fascination with
Egypt and the literature of the day is filled with references to all things Egyptian. Egyptian symbolism also figures prominently in the lore of the
Freemason. Vance was a life-long Mason and participated in the Mt. Hermon Lodge #118 l in Asheville, as did many of Asheville's leading citizens.
The Vance memorial in Asheville NC was paid for by, dedicated and consecrated by, erected by, and in honor of Freemasons. For sure.
I bet if you have a big obelisk right SQUARE in the middle of your town, you are going to find a similar Masonic affiliation. Don't take my word for
it, look into it.
I'm willing to bet that the Trinity Obelisk has a similar affiliation.
Now, I've addressed your question, I'll ask you one. What makes you think the Trinity Memorial isn't masonic?
Was it paid for or erected or consecrated by Freemasons? Probably. When I do find out what Lodge was responsible for the erection of the Trinity
monument, are you going to be willing to accept that it is masonic, or are we supposed to believe that just because soemthing is paid for erected by
and consecrated by freemasons that it doesn't make it masonic? That's ridiculous. Who else would do such a thing?
If you don't think that the Vance memorial Obelisk is masonic, maybe we should ask Masonic Research Lodge 666
Masonic Research Lodge 666... The Society is governed and funded by the GrandLodge of North Carolina Committee onMasonic Education.
We also have in Asheville, a African American Masonic Temple, always wondered about the Brotherly Love that must be responsible to segregate blacks
from your lodges, but then Albert Pike was no champion of racial equality was