The first Scottish Rite organization among African-Americans was the African Grand Council of 1820 in Philadelphia, which was referred to as a Council of Princes of Jerusalem. This Council arose through West Indian migration, for Stephen Morin had propagated the Rite there. The Organization of the King David Supreme Council grew out of the conferring in Philadelphia (1850) of the 33rd Degree by Count DeSaint Laurent (also, Larine) of the Supreme Council of France and the Grand Commander of the Council of Spain on David Leary, the first Black Inspector-General of the Prince Hall Scottish Rite.
In New York City, a Supreme Council of the United States was established in 1864. Also in 1864, a separate Supreme Council was formed in New York, which was made up of members from the National Compact Grand Lodge, from which a Southern Jurisdiction split off with the Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. From the Philadelphia Council, a Southern and Western Jurisdiction defected with Headquarters at Washington, D.C. In 1871 a fifth was established in Philadelphia, and was named King Fredrick Supreme Council. In 1881-1887, these five merged into 2 United Supreme Councils of the 33rd Degree: one for Northern Jurisdiction and one for Southern Jurisdiction.
Ill. Edward M. Thomas petitioned the King David Council, since he was residing in the District of Columbia, for the 33rd degree to be conferred on representative Masons in D.C., and on May 5, 1856, the conferment was made and a council was established. A fourth council was set up in Baltimore, Maryland and a fifth Council in Philadelphia. These 5 Councils petitioned for unity in a conference in New York City on January 13, 1881, and was responsible for the Articles of Union and two Supreme Councils of the Northern Jurisdiction (PHA) and the United Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction (PHA).
The constitutions for the Southern Jurisdiction were established in 1887 and revised in 1917 and 1989. The Southern Jurisdiction for the United Supreme Council, PHA, consists of the states: AL, AR, FL, GA, KT, LA, MD, MS, Missouri, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, the territories of Arizona, New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and Alaska. The Northern Jurisdiction consists of the following states: CO, Connecticut, DE, ID, Illinois, IN, IO, KA, Maine, Mass, MI, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OR,Pennsylvania, RI, SD, UT, VT, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and that of the states outside Continental United States. Alaska shall belong to the Northern also.
As a result of the conference of the Sovereign Grand Commanders of the two Supreme Councils, Northern and Southern Jurisdictions A.A.S.R., PHA, on August 2, 1966, were established at the Cathedral, Fitzwater & Mole St. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The above divisions were made based on a boundary developed by a joint committee in Wilmington, Delaware on April 19, 1907 using the Mason-Dixon Line as an official boundary.
The Commanders of the Rite is composed of learned grand inspectors general of all grades. They exist to provide guidance and wise counsel to consistories and the council of deliberation in the state. The Commanders of the Rite must function to assist the consistories in the application and implementation of the true meaning of the ancient and accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Other functions are to maintain a broad avenue of charitable programs and to produce workshops for sublime princes in order that they may better understand Scottish Rite Masonry. Another very important function is to offer their assistance to the consistory in fund raising projects and programs for the purpose of charity. The commanders of the rite must be active in their communities by volunteering to perform various civic services thereby demonstrating to the citizenry that Scottish Rite Masons are civic minded men of honor and good moral character.Source: GIG Ill. Leonard W. Larue, Dean of Instruction Pentecost Consistory No. 98 A.A.S.R., S.J.
|Asheville #253||Keldon Austin||4th Sunday, 7PM||35 Booker Street Asheville, NC|
|GW Carver #172||Charles E. Lindsay||2nd Saturday, 1PM||324 N. Highland Street Gastonia, NC|
|Charlotte #35||James P. Elliott||4th Wednesday, 730PM||2101 Newland Road Charlotte, NC|
|Cleveland #122||Herman W. Brown, Sr.||2nd Tuesday, 7PM|
|Joseph P. Evans #280||Willie Alexander||4th Monday, 730PM||517 S. Center Street Statesville, NC|
|King Solomon #64||Richard L. Williams||1st Friday, 8PM||1025 East 14th Street Winston Salem, NC|
|John G Lewis #326||Charles Carter||2nd Tuesday, 7PM||915 Cotton Grove Road Lexington, NC|
|IH Clayborn #365||Alvin Corpening|
|Durham #218||Joseph W. Burwell||4th Sunday, 4PM||2312 S. Alston Avenue Durham, NC|
|Greensboro #106||Bernard Cotton||4th Wednesday, 8PM||1101 East Market Street Greensboro, NC|
|Henderson #195||Russell Deans||3rd Sunday, 4PM||1204 W. Andrew Avenue Henderson, NC|
|Reidsville #224||Eric T. Badgett||4th Thursday, 730PM||Harrison & Vance Street Reidsville, NC|
|Roanoke-Chowan #276||Melvin Burgess||4th Sunday, 4PM||924 Main Street Rich Square, NC|
|HB Shaw #337||Larry Brooks||1st Thursday, 730PM||Battle Ax Lodge #120 Roxboro, NC|
|Boyer #219||Byron Vickers||1st Sunday, 5PM||518 S. Blount Street Raleigh, NC|
|Allen-Mingo #325||Terry Barnes||2nd Monday, 7PM||1212 Daisy Street Elizabethtown, NC|
|GW Allen #324||Alfonzo Emerson||1st Sunday, 6PM||309 Humber Street Sanford, NC|
|Cape Fear #263||James T. Fryar||3rd Sunday, 4PM||Libson Street Clinton, NC|
|Carpenters #164||Charles Bristow||4th Sunday, 4PM||20321 Old Lumberton Road Maxton, NC|
|Edward Evans #196||Freddie Roberson|
|JW Moore #57||Dennis Lyons||4th Tuesday, 730PM||418 Lexington Street Rocky Mount, NC|
|CA Whitehead #188||Ernest L. Winstead||4th Sunday, 5PM||304 S. Slocumb Street Goldsboro, NC|
|Alexander #228||Robert D. Hood||2nd Sunday, 5PM||313 E. Gordon Street Kinston, NC|
|C.S. Brown #268||John D. Horton|
|JW Hood #155||Victor Neal||4th Wednesday, 8PM||1200 Herrington Road Elizabeth City, NC|
|Lewis-Mingo #316||Randolph Dickinson||93 Archdale Drive Jacksonville, NC|
|New Bern #30||Emilio Davis||3rd Saturday, 1PM||1036 Queen Street New Bern, NC|
|Roanoke #248||Kiplan Clemmons||3rd Saturday, 10AM||304 ML King Drive Williamston, NC|
|Wilmington #63||Donnie L. Frink Jr.||2nd Thursday, 8PM||602 Orange Street Wilmington, NC|