I have to take time out to honor our sisterhood know by all as the Household of Ruth.  I am a little upset about the timing of this find because I was a day late and a dollar short of having the pleasure of interviewing this local heroine….She was District 22’s Most Noble Governor and her husband served as District 13’s Grand Chaplain.

Their names are Donella and John R. Wilson Sr . Her obsequie from Bostick and Tompkins reads :

Roberta Brown Wilson quietly entered into her eternal rest.

Donella Wilson was the only child of the late Henry Brown and Minnie Bryant Brown Logan.  She was born May 24, 1909 on the Peterkin Plantation in Fort Motte, SC, lands on which her grandparents and great-grandparents had worked as slaves. Her paternal grandmother read the Bible to her, taught her to pray, and to bless her food. Early on, Donella wanted to learn to read and to teach others to read and write. By the light of an oil lamp and a Sears catalog, she first learned to read. A teaching assignment took her back to those same lands in Fort Motte as a teacher in a multi-grade, one-room schoolhouse.

In 1933, Donella earned her teaching credentials from Allen University; and when she retired in 1971, she had worked all of her years teaching in the rural counties of South Carolina—serving, training, and helping to shape multiple generations of students.

Donella was married to the late Reverend John R. Wilson, Sr.  At the time of his death in 1998, they had been married 66 years and for 62 of those years, had lived and raised their four children at 1214 Heidt Street, the home they purchased in 1937.

A true Christian woman, she was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church. Over the years, Donella served in many organizations, following and supporting her husband as he served as pastor and interim pastor in several churches in the Midlands of South Carolina. Until her health began to decline, she served as Mother of the church at Union Baptist.

For many years, Donella and her late husband were active in the Waverly Community, always working to make the community a better place to live.  She voted in every local, state, and national election since 1947.

Over her lifetime, Donella was the recipient of many honors, awards, and citations. Her many associations include: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., lifetime membership in the NAACP, District 22 Grand Household of Ruth , Women’s Home Aid Society, the South Carolina and the Richland County Retired Teachers Associations, Allen University Alumni Association, Interdenominational Alliance of Ministers Wives and Widows, Inc., the Columbia Counsel of Garden Clubs and the Carver Garden Club.  Donella was National Superintendent Emeritus of the United Order of Tents, Southern District #4. She was a 2011 honoree of the AT&T African-American History Calendar. In 2017, she was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, by Governor Henry McMaster. She left this earth at the Grand old age of 108 !!!! I can only hope and dream that somehow she saw our work on behalf of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows and we made her proud ! Now and forever she will be known……..

CHARITABLE DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO:

The John and Donella Wilson Scholarship Fund
Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia SC 29204

 

 

 

If anyone asks……….it’s for the cause of so many of our predecessors whose souls I hope to stir, as we honor their all but forgotten legacies……..

I attended the Grand opening for an exhibit titled “Justice for All” at the University of South Carolina’s special collections department in the library. There are over 300 rarely seen telics of a time not too long ago.  These displays highlight the contributions of South Carolina’s own Black American freedom fighters.  Dr. Donaldson was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening,  for what it’s worth,  he has been a motivating force for highlights of our history as the head of African American studies at University of South Carolina.  This vast body of work, the culmination of himself and his team of dedicated archivists and researchers.  The guest speaker needs know introduction,  but I will speak with great esteem, at having the honor of conversation with Dr. Cleveland Sellers.

His story:

A three-year-old mascot; pardoned civil rights activist; author; educator; devoted husband and father. These are the roles that have indelibly shaped the legacy of Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., PhD, the eighth president of Voorhees College.

He grew up in Denmark – in the shadows of Voorhees – and became active in the 1960’s civil rights movement as an advocate for voting rights, justice and human rights. He aligned himself with veterans of the movement such as Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Esau Jenkins, Modjeska Simpkins and Septima Clark. He was a victim of the Orangeburg Massacre that resulted in only one arrest – his. He used the detention to rededicate his life to empowering others through education – his life’s calling.

Under Dr. Sellers’ leadership, the South Carolina State Commission on Higher Education has recognized Voorhees College as the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive the 2008-2009 Service Learning Award for exemplary academic service learning programs of public and private higher education institutions. The college also made history as one of only two HBCU’s to be featured in the first Inauguration Debate Series held at the National Museum of Natural history in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Dr. Sellers served as director of the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina. An alumnus of Shaw University, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, his affiliations include the Kosmos Club, South Carolina State Board of Education, South Carolina African American Heritage Committee, the Organization of American Historians, and Southern Historical Association. Among his numerous awards are the 2009 “Preserving Our Places in History” Lifetime Achievement Award, South Carolina African American Heritage Commission……He is a remarkable figure whom everyone should know. 

Now if that wasn’t enough,  lets get into the displays!  Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr was originally scheduled to speak in Columbia when he was killed?  Yeah, he rescheduled to make that trip to Memphis instead and paid the ultimate price for us.  There’s proof within those displays.  While viewing I met a white photographer who was ultimately beaten within inches of his life by police officers, because he was  filming the carnage ensuing because brothers and sisters were boycotting stores in downtown Columbia.  His pictures tell a story,  his films even more.

I met sons and daughters of some of our members as well.  They were proud to know that District 13 is back,  I plan to do some interviews with them so stay tuned !!! I read the names of a good bit of our brethren mentioned amongst the greats, like Luther James Battiste, Isaiah DeQuincey Newman, Judge Matthew Perry, and J.C. Artemus…..If you don’t recognize the names a quick Google search will set you straight….

There aren’t that many ancestors left so we must focus on a new generation to care for the and carry the torch…..

I won’t post anymore pictures in hopes that you will take time off to come and see it for yourselves.  For the Grand United Order of Oddfellows?! I am working with Dr. Donaldson currently to assist with telling our unique history.  Hopefully we will be able to host an event like this all our own.  Til then though I will continue to bring you the latest and greatest ,as I find new information…..

Black History is this month, March should be “Odd History Month” !!!

 

I leave as I came in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth with a touch of  Peace Hope and Prosperity…..

 

Bro. Supreme Emanuel Page jr,  Noble Grand: Wayman lodge 1339, Dist.13 Gr. Historian and National Gr. Historian for America and Jurisdiction

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 members of Distinct Grand Lodge No. 13 of South Carolina Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America are proud that one of our very own is now in office serving his community.  As he is about our Order and all about Friendship, Love, and Truth. Good luck Brother Davis.

Albert Davis III swearing-in

I am pleased to announce our 2nd annual Toys for Tatts drive on behalf of the #oddfellowstattoosociety of Wayman Lodge 1339 !  In conjunction with the Diamond Cut Tattoo Company we are putting our talents to work for a worthy cause! We need gift cards, unwrapped toys, new clothing, bedding, and luggage. All of the proceeds will go to Epworth Children’s home as well as St. Lawrence Place for battered families…..

 

If you would like to participate you can contact Vice Grand Jarrett Jenkins jnx1378@gmail.com or Bro. Terrance Hayes terrancehayes925@gmail.com.

I am pleased to announce to the world that our Brother and #NobleGrand Albert Davis lll of #Hartsville, #SC won a seat on the Darlington County Council for District 6 on Tuesday November 6, 2018 !!!!  Bro. Davis is in charge of Darlington Central Lodge No. 3440 #GUOOF , which was originally founded September 12, 1891 in #Darlington #SouthCarolina !!!!! We are so proud of him and as he takes a step further into political positions of prominence,building up the community , we shall move with him ! This is a proud moment for #District13 and all of the #Oddfellows around the world! Feels good to post something that just happened ! Anyhow time to raise the bar oddfellows !  #salutes are in order and we all are truly blessed to have him in our Mysterious Three!  #guoofof #oddfellows #oddfellow #Oddfellowship #3links #flt #threelinks #oddhistory #InFriendshipLoveandTruth

#election2018 #midterms

There are three types of people in this world :

1. Those who make things happen.

2.Those who watch what happens.

3. Those who wonder what happened.

It pleases me to announce that here in Columbia, SC.  The brethren of Wayman Lodge 1339 are growing.  It goes without saying that fraternal organizations are experiencing a decline worldwide.  There exists a social and generational gap between these organizations and the world in which we live. The world is in a state of disarray with accountability being the word of the day!   The lodge however is managing to capitalize and fulfill the needs of worthy brethren  through our bond of Friendship, Love, and Truth  !  We still manage to shine a light through societal darkness. This past month we initiated two individuals who are more than worthy….. May I introduce to the world Brothers Tim Reed and Terrance Hayes !

These two new additions to our Lodge are living proof that we’re on the right path. These two fellows are a testament to our plight as their presence in turn brings more light and life to the Order. No longer are we a thing of the past but a staple for the future ! Many good things are in order for this new young brand of Odd fellows,  sticking to traditional values while implementing innovative methods of fellowship and continuing this rich legacy……

Pictured above is the brethren from left to right (PNF) Emanuel Page, (OG) Andrew Williams, (W) Andre Williams, newly initiated Brothers Terrance and Tim, myself (NG) seated left, and (VG) Jarrett Jenkins, but minus (WC) Bro. Humphrey and our Double Odds from Texas…..

At our last gathering we were presented with an apron that was worn by our predecessors,  gifted to the lodge by our Past Noble Father, who continues to enlighten us….He still travels 6 hours one-way to attend meetings and assist us, never letting the lodge down!  

Some might not understand this brotherhood,  and we’re okay with that, because Oddfellowship isn’t for everyone, but our earnest goal is to help everyone that we can.   Being a part of history is a rewarding feeling of itself,  making history shall be the reward of those who come after us……

I leave as I came in the bond of friendship, love, and truth……

 

 

 

The 63rd Biennial Movable Conference was a memorable experience for all inattendance this year. The scene: The Astor on Canal Street, the heart of New Orleans. The mood: intense yet warming  The mantra: Moving forward with integrity and love…

It was among the most august of events with the sisters and brothers from all over the United States as well as our family from the Islands in attendance.  Me being able to attend was a blessing although I wasn’t afforded the opportunity to address everyone. I found myself quite content just to make small talk with individuals whom I had only seen in pictures.   The mayor and current president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Gave us warm wishes and thanks for hosting our event in their city. 

MNGS Sis. Martin @ the grand opening

There is much to be gained from the wisdom our predecessors possess if we only take the time to look listen and learn.  Current advice taken, I learned when to be fierce and when to be humble. I also learned that there is a plethora of knowledge about the order I have yet to attain.  To be a good teacher one must also be a good student.  The brethren of Wayman Lodge should be proud as one of their own received an award, in recognition of the work done for the preservation of the History of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows .  It is a must for next BMC to have more from the carolinas in attendance ! #squadgoals

My takeaway prize from attending the BMC was that my family was able to travel with me. My wife, my mother, my daughter and my big sister got to see me in action ! The looks on their faces ! How proud they were to see me dressed up in a suit n tie, which is not my daily attire !!!   Priceless !

As a business owner and tattoo enthusiast I may not look like many of the others, but I’m proud that they  accept me as I am, tattoos and all ! They recognize they taken the same oath as I, some before I was born…. I only see a bright future ahead for my lodge, my district,  my area, and the entire jurisdiction if only I can bring more light to the mysterious three that aren’t that mysterious, lol….

 

 

I would like to further my writings about the future of the Order and I will absolutely be trying to contact as many who attended for their wisdom and insight. But for now, I  will drop some pictures for your viewing pleasure!  I leave as came in the bond of friendship love and truth…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Supreme Emanuel Page Jr. NG, Wayman Lodge 1339, District 13 Gr. Historian. National Historian GUOOF America and Jurisdiction

 

 

On June 4th, The Grand United Order of Oddfellows in America and Jurisdiction said their final farewells to Most Honorable Grand Master Emeritus, Brother Labon Malachi Lundy of Nassau, Bahamas.

Aged 70 years Bro. Lundy was born Oct. 25th 1947, and departed this life on May 23 2018. He leaves behind a host of family as well as Brothers and Sisters from Various levels of the Order.

The memorial service and rites were delivered by Most Honorable Grand Master John W. Green @ Aurora Lodge #810.

There were innumerable members in attendance as well as the District Grand Masters of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Lodge continues to write its history, future

By Tammy Shaw

New Castle’s Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Washington Lodge #1513 purchased a Main Street building in the late 1880s that stands as an historic reminder of Henry County’s past, and the strength and sacrifices of former slaves who founded the fraternal lodge in 1872, a mere seven years after the Civil War ended.
The last few years have been rough – fundraising to cover major roof and foundation repairs caused by several inches of heavy, wet snow.
To make matters worse, contributions to revitalize the Washington Lodge fell due to confusion with the Eminence Odd Fellows, a totally separate and distinct group where the former secretary-treasurer allegedly embezzled over $100,000, according to GUOOF member Ron Wright. “The theft at the other Odd Fellows hampered our funding – people got us confused with that lodge,” he said.
Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke helped round up community and preservation grants and the fellows held fundraisers and collected donations to help pay for the first phase of renovation.
“Really, this is a historic structure — I mean, as I find out more about it, as far as African American history in the state of Kentucky, not just New Castle, this is really integral,” Thoke has said about the lodge building. “Think about it — they’ve been in that building since 1886, 138-plus years now, so I said we ought to have a historical marker.”
Lodge and community members successfully petitioned the state for the marker and raised the $2,500 necessary to pay for it separately from the donations meant to repair the building, and then supporters gathered together to celebrate its unveiling last August.
A new roof supported by a better engineered structure and repairs to correct bowing outward were completed in 2017, but the lodge still needs about $60,000 more to tackle the interior renovation, including electrical, plumbing, walls, floors and a general facelift, according to Frank Goodloe, lodge secretary-treasurer, who followed his grandfather and father into the organization more than 25 years ago.
The building sat empty for many years before the roof collapse — members meet at First Baptist Church in New Castle — but the loss affected them deeply. “Many thought that was the end of the lodge,” Wright said. “It wasn’t worth much. “It would be much easier and cheaper to build a whole new building, but that’s the only thing we own.”
“Right now, the roof is on and the back wall up. It still needs water and electric. The back door is in and there are no leaks. The brick is up,” Goodloe said.
However, new challenges hover on the horizon – getting younger men to join the order and to boost the numbers in the lodge.
Lodge members are aging and need young people to join. Older brothers like former Noble Grand William “Bill” Smith still remember the hard times and he wants young African Americans to understand the past to inform their present and future.
“We grew up with segregation. Back then, blacks only had a couple places they could go – church and the lodge.”
At one point, the lodge counted 100 members, but is down to around 30 or 40, according to Wright. “A lot of people want to forget the past,” he said. “It’s our heritage.
“Black history is about educating and teaching young people the struggle that came before. Our ancestors endured that so we wouldn’t have to go through what they did,” Wright said. “There’s no future if you don’t know the past, how different it was during the sixties.”
But some African-Americans of his generation want to forget. “We need to be mindful where we come from. Where I came from is my strength right now.”
“The lodge is a gathering place for blacks,” Goodloe said. “We come together and celebrate.”
Two new members – one from Shelbyville and another from Louisville — joined recently.
This lodge is the only remaining active Grand United Order of Odd Fellows lodge in Kentucky and is possibly the oldest African American fraternal organization in the state, according to the PreservationFunder website.
“It’s part of our heritage as I know it,” Wright said. “Our lodge is keeping our heritage going. The elders and leaders of the lodge have carried it this far. It’s up to the younger generations to keep it going.”
On the organization’s to-do list is building a gate for the Odd Fellows cemetery they own where Wright’s grandfather, a lodge member, and grandmother, member of the women’s auxiliary called the Ruth Sisters, are buried. “I hope to be buried there one day,” he said.
Brighter days may lie ahead for the lodge. Two organizations are ready to rent space once interior repairs are completed – an African American veteran’s association and the Merriweather-King Street Scholarship Fund.

From : http://www.hclocal.com/content/washington-lodge-continues-write-its-history-future

Now that you have read the article and seen the pictures, dig a little deeper,  a Google search will suffice!  What should come to mind now is what WE are going to do to aid and assist in this righteous endeavor?  I know I have plans to contribute!  I am hopeful that everyone who reads this feels a sense of duty to do the same…..

If you would like to help but you don’t know how  , email me at supremelyodd@gmail.com

Let’s extend our hearts in our hands in the eternal bond of Friendship Love and Truth !

Bro. Supreme Emanuel Page jr

NG Wayman lodge 1339, Dist.13 Gr. Historian and National Gr. Historian for America and Jurisdiction

 

Honorable Bro. John J. Smith was born a free man in Richmond, Virginia, on November 2, 1820. As youth he heard stories about Boston, and made up his mind to settle there. By the time he was 20, he had saved enough money to move. In the 1840s, he opened a barbershop at the corner of Howard and Bulfinch Streets on Beacon Hill. To further his education, he went to night school.

In the 1840s, Smith campaigned for the desegregation of Boston’s public schools. He was a supporter of Benjamin F. Roberts, who unsuccessfully sued the city in 1850 for the right to enroll his daughter in a white school.

Smith’s barbershop became a gathering place for local abolitionists, including Lewis Hayden and Charles Sumner. He was active in the New England Freedom Association, an organization that assisted refugees from slavery. After the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850, Smith sheltered refugees and helped with their escape plans. Notably, he sheltered Ellen and William Craft during their stay in Boston.

On February 15, 1851, Smith was one of the activists who helped free Shadrach Minkins from the court house in Boston, where he was being held under the Fugitive Slave Act. Two days later, he drove Minkins by buggy from a safe house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to another in Concord. Smith was one of several people arrested in connection with the rescue, but could not be positively identified and was released. He was also involved in the failed attempt to rescue our worthy brother  George Latimer in 1842.

During the Civil War, he was appointed by Governor John Albion Andrew to recruit officers for the Massachusetts “colored regiments.” Later he served as a provost marshal in Washington, D.C.

Smith was one of the earliest Republicans in Massachusetts, and attended their first state party convention in Worcester. In 1868, he became the third African American to sit on the Massachusetts legislature when he was elected to represent Ward 6 in the state house of representatives. He was reelected in 1869 and 1872.

In 1878, Smith was elected to the Boston Common Council, where he served for “a number of years” as one of its first African-American members. During his first year on the council, Smith was responsible for the hiring of Horatio J. Homer, the Boston Police Department’s first black officer.

Smith met his wife Georgianna, a multiracial woman from Nova Scotia, in the 1840s. The couple’s first home was on Wilson’s Lane in Boston.  They raised six children. Their daughter Elizabeth graduated from the Boston Normal School and began teaching at the Phillips School in the early 1870s; she was likely the first black teacher in an integrated Boston public school.

In 1844, Smith co-founded the Bay State lodge #814 of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. He was also a Prince Hall Mason. At the time of his death, he was reportedly the oldest Odd Fellow in the world, and the oldest past grand master of the Prince Hall Masons. He was also a trustee of the A M. E. Zion Church.

Smith reportedly spent time in California during the Gold Rush of 1849In 1878, he moved to 86 Pinckney Street, where he lived until 1893. From there, he moved to Jamaica Plain, and around 1900 moved in with his two daughters at 45 Wellesley Park in Dorchester.

He died at his home in Dorchester on November 4, 1906, aged 86. His funeral was held in the A. M. E. Zion Church on Columbus Avenue, with Masonic services. He was buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery.

The John J. Smith House at 86 Pinckney Street is a Boston African American National Historic Site and is on the Black Heritage Trail.

We owe it to ourselves to apply this story to our lives concerning Oddfellowship! The former slave he tried to liberate became his Brother in Oddfellowship and it could be assumed that it was George Latimer’s choice because of Bro. Smith living his oath……In Friendship Love and Truth