It's from the secretary of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple dated: June 12, 1916
Here is the letter:
This letter is 97 years old. I still have it in the original box that my grandmother put it in.
Also found in the box was this it belonged to my 2nd great grandmother Minnie, Daniel's wife:
With the help of some cousins in one of my Facebook groups and friends we were able to determine what this is.
It's from the "Knights of the Wise Men", an organization for black men formed 1879 in Nashville, TN. It was a fraternal insurance and burial type benefit. The largest order was in Chattanooga, TN. A smallpox epidemic pretty much wiped out the organization because of benefit pay outs. Then the Secretary/Treasurer left with the remaining money in 1891 never to be seen again.
Singer/Songwriter Lionel Ritchie's great grandfather , J. Lewis Brown was the founder of this organization.
So it appears that Minnie Edingburg was also active in the Temple, which was interesting to find out. I read that the organization was only mentioned up until about 1915 after that it was closed down.