The Royal Dukes Social Club was founded by nine former members of an earlier social club, the Dashing Eagles, on a Sunday afternoon in October 1927. The club had disbanded, and some of the members had sought to join the mature and classy Beaux Esprix Club but were turned down. In protest, a few of those men decided to establish their own club for social and civic purposes in the community. The nine men gathered at the home of Don Parker for the purpose of organizing their own club and decided to call themselves the Royal Dukes. (Courtesy of the Judy and Ron McClain Collection.)
❤ This is what you call proactive and progressive awesomeness, or just real swag. I guess this is why I (sometimes) love my job. I get to learn about small moments in history where people persevered with grace and class, despite the opposition they faced.