black and white photograph of Victoria Lofton.
Victoria Lofton (nee Williams) (1883-1949) was a very active member of the Wilmington black community. She led the local branch of the United Order of Tents, a mutual aid society for the black community, which she changed into the Independent Order of Tents to form a more localized organization. Her order was extremely popular, growing in eight years from 84 to 8,000 members in 99 lodges. She belonged to the Ebenezer Baptist Church and was active in their Missionary Circle. In 1924 she operated a 25 room hotel at Seabreeze beach, one of two beach areas for African Americans in New Hanover County. In 1933 she was on the board of Incoporators for the Pine Forest Cemetery Association. She is buried in Pine Forest Cemetery.
African American women--North Carolina
"Strength Through Struggle" by Bill Reaves, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington, North Carolina
Donated to the New Hanover County Public Library by Bill Reaves in 1999