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 1955. The Southern
Jurisdiction for the United Supreme Council, PHA, consists of the
states: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, HI, KT, LA, MD, MS, Missouri, NC, OK, SC,
TN, TX, VA, WV, the territories of Arizona, New Mexico, the District of
Columbia, U.S British and Virgin Islands, OCONUS locations of England,
Korea, Liberia, Middle East and Western Europe. 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 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
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
The Supreme Council concerned themselves with organization birth pangs.
Continued the organizational trends, contended
with the Jones-Seville faction, kept the "Ship of State" on an even keel
and expanded Scottish Rite masonry wherever.
Secured the rental of 1633 Eleventh Street,
N.W. In 1906, the association brought the property. In 1907, boundary
line were agreed by the two Supreme Councils.
Continued the great work of his predecessors under the additional burden of recessional times.
Advocated in the strongest terms, the
establishing of excellent rapport with the Grand Masters; he further
repaired the Cathedral and finally burned the mortgage in Atlanta,
Georgia March 1944.
(1961-1979) Indeed Dr. Lewis was one of the outstanding
masons of all times. The publication, "Jno. G. Lewis-An end of an era:
history of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana 1842-1979" speaks of
many of the accomplishments nationwide.
(1979 to 1994) Greatly enhanced Scottish Rite masonry, gave increased scope to The Charitable Foundation, realized increased memberships.
(1994 to 1999)
Continued the work of Dr. Clayborn in efforts to see Dr. Clayborn's dream realized.Worked to ensure the USC was ready for the new Millenium.
(1999 to 2003)
Ushered in the Millennium and kept the United Supreme Council on solid footing.
(2003 to 2020)
Carried on the legacy of all our pervious
Sovereign Grand Commanders. Established an everlasting relationship
with all the Supreme Councils . Established a United Supreme Council
Headquarters in Memphis, TN.