A Statue Stands in Tuckerton, NJ!
When I first moved back to southern Ocean County many years ago, the statute in the middle of Tuckerton was always a bit of a mystery to me.
The statue is a tribute to those who gave their lives in World War I, and was erected by the Improved Order of the Red Men.
Here’s a little background on this very old fraternal organization…
The Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress. It is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring a greater love for the United States of America and the principles of American Liberty.
Its origin dates back to 1765 and is descended from the Sons of Liberty. These patriots concealed their identities and worked "underground" to help establish freedom and liberty in the early Colonies.
They patterned themselves after the great Iroquois Confederacy and its democratic governing body. Their system, with elected representatives to govern tribal councils, had been in existence for several centuries.
After the War of 1812 the name was changed to the Society of Red Men and in 1834 to the Improved Order of Red Men.
They kept the customs and terminology of Native Americans as a basic part of the fraternity. The Improved Order of Red Men (IORM) is similar in many ways to other major fraternal organizations in the United States.
The New Jersey area has 5 Red Men Councils in Tuckerton, Egg Harbor, Hammonton, Somers Point and Newark, Delaware.
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