Entries by Brother E. Page

The bond of Friendship Love and Truth

Greetings and FLT from Myself and the Mighty brothers of Florence Lodge 2212 ! On August 12th of this year Florence Lodge brought in another Seven Worthy Brothers into the mysteries of our craft! This picture is historic in the fact that the wheels are turning on my plans to bring both the 

Capital City’s Finest

One of South Carolina’s own !!! Been a while since I continued my search for notables from the Palmetto State, but this one is from the Soda City!!! John Benjamin Lewie of Columbia, SC is a prominent, successful man of affairs. He is a versatile man, having struggled up from a humble place in life to […]

Remembering our founders: George T. Downing

George T. Downing (December 30, 1819 – July 21, 1903) was an abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights. His father was a caterer and Oyster seller in Philadelphia andNew York City and George followed the same career path in New York, Newport, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC. From the 1830s until the end of […]

Ohio’s Finest

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Celebration, 1887 – from the Wheeling Intelligencer, July 1, 1887 G.U.O.O.F. CELEBRATION Of their Twenty-first Anniversary in West Virginia, in this city Yesterday — Large Delegations from near and far. Grant Procession and Picnic. The celebration by the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in this city yesterday of the […]

SC GUOOF History Cont.

I assume this means as much to us Odd Fellows as it does to the Prince Hall Masons of SC…… Here lies Dr. Charles Catlett Johnson or C.C. Johnson……Dr. Johnson (b. 1860, d. 1928) was born in Orange County, Virginia. He graduated from Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. in 1888, and opened a […]

South Carolina Oddfellows pt.1

Dr. Robert Shaw Wilkinson was the much beloved president of what is now known as South Carolina State University. He served with distinction in that capacity from 1911 to 1932. He was regarded as the father of organized agricultural and vocational work for African-Americans in South Carolina. Robert S. Wilkinson was born in 1865 in […]

Odd History Part 2: Philomatheans

Today we pay homage to Patrick H. Reason of the original Philomathean Lodge #646 Patrick Henry Reason, first named Patrice Rison (March 17, 1816 – August 12, 1898), was one of the earliest and greatest African-American engravers and lithographers in the United States. He was active as an abolitionist (along with his brother Charles Lewis […]