Black Moses of the West

Brother Mifflin Gibbs was born on April 17, 1823, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four children born to Jonathan and Maria Gibbs. His father, a Methodist minister, died when Mifflin was a child, and his mother worked as a laundress. Gibbs learned carpentry through an apprenticeship. He read widely and attended debates at the […]

Brother Norris Herndon Atlanta’s Black Insurance Magnate Legacy

Brother Norris Herndon was born in #Atlanta #Georgia, on July 15, 1897, the only child of Adrienne Elizabeth McNeil, a graduate and teacher at Atlanta University, and Alonzo Herndon. He was educated in Atlanta’s public school system. Herndon’s early education was in the Atlanta Public School System. In 1905 Alonzo Herndon took seven-year-old Norris to […]

Her place among the stars…..Rosa Lula Barnes

Sister Rosa Lula Barnes is by no means your average socialite…… Sis Barnes is remembered as a leading businesswoman and societal engineer from #Savannah, #Georgia ! Barnes was born on August 22, 1868, in #Huntsville, Alabama. She struggled to get a good education but was able to enter #HuntsvilleNormal and #IndustrialInstitute where she received her […]

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Emancipation on Turks and Caicos

        Supposed disturbances from the newly freed people on Grand Turk had lead to troops being sent, the day of #Emancipation, 1st August 1834, went off without a hitch….. From commonly held folklore it is believed that the #EmancipationAct was announced from the balcony of the #OddfellowsLodge at the junction of Market […]

Adventures in Research for District 13s forgotten brethren and sisters

    A little light research today and a hop skip and jump from my house ! Chronicling the Order has been a a bit tedious and definitely full of ups and downs yall. Hats off to the real historians who do this for a living! There’s always a sense of anxiousness and stress because […]

Taking care: Hon.John C. Dancy

    John Dancy, prominent leader in the American Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Republican Party, was born in Tarboro in 1857 as the son of a freedman whose parents had been manumitted. Dancy’s father was a builder and contractor who also served as a county commissioner after the war. Dancy was educated first […]

District Nine: Chicago’s Defender of the Truth

Brother George T. Kersey, whom today we are honoring with this post, served District Nine, with honor and distinction as it’s #DistrictGrandMaster…. Although Born in North Carolina his family uprooted from the toils of the Southern Culture and moved to Chicago. He married Emma King in 1895. He graduated from the International College of Chicago […]


View this post on Instagram It pains me to search far and wide matching names to records of our members only to find that they have already transcended this world…….What I wouldn't give to sit down and have a conversation about the Order! I introduce to you our brother Jonas Thomas Kennedy…. This fine fellow […]


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