More information about this fraternal organization can be found at http://www.historiclandmarks.org/noted/endangered/endangered0503.html.
The seven pointed star is very unusual. Sent in by Frank Passic from Michigan
whose note is below. Like many of the fraternal organizations of the time,
it offered insurances. From the same site the following information
"The Tribe of Ben-Hur was one of many fraternal organizations formed in
the late-nineteenth century that offered life insurance—then beyond the
reach of most working people—as a major benefit of membership. Borrowing
its name and symbolism from the hugely popular 1880 book by Crawfordsville
resident Lew Wallace, the Tribe of Ben-Hur installed its Ben-Hur Life Association
in a spectacular five-story building in downtown Crawfordsville in
1911. With a striking white and emerald terra cotta façade,
it remains a prominent landmark despite its deteriorated condition"
Subj: Cemetery marker Ben Hur attached
Date: 11/22/2003 10:47:57 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Frank Passic)
Hi, Joyce. This is Frank Passic, Albion Historian. While taking some
photographs of a grave of a particular person, I came across this flag
marker of the "TRIBE BEN HUR." I thought you might like a copy of this
which is attached. This marker is in the West Eckford Cemetery on 19½
Mile Road in Eckford Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. Best wishes, Frank
Passic, Albion Historian.