Waverly’s Finest: Columbia History

Our roster like the one I just recently posted on Fraternal lodge 1064, furnished the names of countless individuals, hell bent and heaven sent on getting African Americans their Just prerogatives in the Palmetto State  !!! Brother J.C. Artemus isn’t just a chip off the old block,  he’s the whole blood clot ting eh ?? […]

Our Humble beginnings: Fraternal Lodge no.1064 of Charleston

“Our history must have a beginning! “, have been my thoughts since I took up this cause…..To peel back 176 years of experiences, lessons, and commonalities, getting at the root ! What it was…..what it is….. that makes our collective “Grand ” !!! In the spirit of humble beginnings I present to you the original […]

Noble Grand Albert Davis Joins Darlington County Council

Noble Grand Albert Davis III of Hartsville is the council’s newest member for Darlington County. Davis will represent District 6 on the council. He is accompany by his wife Whitney Davis who is holding the bible while he is doing the swearing- in ceremonies, officiated by Darlington County Judge of Probate Marvin Lawson. We the […]

I must beg forgiveness of the world for not posting about our Illustrious brother Dr. James McCune Smith sooner ! Dr. McCune Smith was considered one of the most broadly accomplished black intellectuals and activists in America. Born in New York on April 18, 1813, McCune attended the #FreeAfricanSchool in #NYC with a number of […]

Finding common ground, bridging the gap !

As we grow as GUOOF members , we must remember the reasons we are searching for our history is a lack of communication between the Seniors and new members. Our senior member are responsible for education the new members on the rules, history, and all things required to enrich us so that we become as […]

Brother Ransom W. Westberry

Bro. Ransom W. Westberry, was born July 1871 in Horatio,Sumter County, SC His childhood was split between working the farm and attending some grade school. Later, he attended Benedict College as well as Wilberforce University for a term. For 15 years he lived in the city of Chicago where he worked as a mail carrier. […]

Brother Butler Atlanta’s finest

Bro. Henry Rutherford Butler, a respected physician and pharmacist with offices on Auburn Avenue on the Oddfellows block in Atlanta, was a pioneer in medicine and healthcare for African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was married to Selena Sloan Butler, a prominent teacher and education advocate in Atlanta. In addition to establishing the first […]

Daniel Chaney and Freedom’s Friend Lodge #1024

On September 11, 1865–nearly four months after the end of the Civil War– Zerubbabel Lodge No. 1187 in Baltimore was granted permission to open Shealtiel Lodge No. 1024 in Saint Michaels, Maryland.  A year later Shealtiel Lodge put in a request and was allowed to change its name to Freedom’s Friend Lodge No. 1024.  This change was […]

Our Founder Speaks ! Correspondence of Prejudice

Correspondence between Our Founder and the self inducted “United Order of Oddfellows” Pottsville,Pa in a vain attempt to legitimize them…       The following is a copy of the first letter sent : New York, Aug. 1, 1847. Sir: —Having been appointed by the Committee of Management of the G. U. O., Leeds, England, […]

From Our Official History Book

The object and benefits of our Order were most beautifully explained by Grand Secretary Wm. M. Nelson, on the fifth day September, 1853, on the occasion of a grand banquet by Shakespeare Lodge, 252, at Manchester, England….. The Address is a model of elegant diction, chaste English . and comprehensive thought. It was published in […]