Commend Famed Musician for Saving Detroit’s Masonic Temple

Jack White

Target: Jack White, Famed American Musician

Goal: Commend Jack White for saving Detroit’s Masonic Temple by paying its back taxes.

Recently, an anonymous benefactor paid the entire $142,000 balance in back taxes required to prevent Detroit’s Masonic Temple from being foreclosed. This anonymous donor was revealed to be musician Jack White. White played at Detroit’s Masonic Temple as a solo artist and with his former band, the White Stripes. He also partly grew up at the Masonic while his mother served as an usher there.

The Masonic Temple Association announced that it would rename the temple’s Cathedral Theater to the Jack White Theater due to the musician’s generous gift.

When asked about the donation, Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran said, “Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words. We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor on Jack.”

Ben Blackwell, White’s nephew and official archivist, explained Jack White’s motivation for saving the Masonic. The White Stripes played their first public show in 1997 at the Gold Dollar, just “down the street” from the Masonic. Six years later, the White Stripes played two sold-out shows at the Masonic, one in the Scottish Rite, the other at the main theater of the venue.

“That’s why a venue like this should keep on going. It’s all connected,” said Blackwell. Sign this petition and commend Jack White for preserving an important historical landmark and haven for artistic performance.


Dear Jack White,

Recently, you made an anonymous donation to pay the entire $142,000 balance in taxes required to prevent Detroit’s Masonic Temple from being foreclosed. Because of your mother’s job as an usher at the Masonic, you partially grew up there. The White Stripes played their first public show in 1997 at the Gold Dollar, a place very near the Masonic, and then played two sold-out shows at the Masonic six years later.

We would like to thank you for saving the Masonic from foreclosure. It is important that we preserve venues that are essential to local identity. By saving the Masonic Temple, you have ensured that people will have access to the same experiences you did for years to come.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Wfresch via Wikimedia Commons

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