Fraternal and benevolent orders.

The Odd Fellows were not the only African-American fraternal order that found toeholds in Wilson County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. An examination of deed books and other records yields these — some familiar, others much less so:

  • Mount Hebron Lodge #42, Prince Hall Masons, chartered in 1881.
  • Rocky Blue Lodge #56, Prince Hall Masons, chartered before 1910.
  • Pride of Wilson Lodge #484, Prince Hall Masons, chartered before 1947.
  • Knights of King Solomon, Victoria #1, chartered in 1918.

Per the Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner of the State of North Carolina (1925), the home office of the Knights of King Solomon was in Wilson, the organization had been chartered in 1918, its president was William Pierce, and its secretary was C.F. Rich.

Wilson Daily Times, 30 December 1918.

  • Knights of King Solomon, Saint Luke #53, chartered before 1921.
  • Knights of King Solomon, Richardson #10, chartered before 1921.
  • Knights of King Solomon, Pride of Wilson #32, chartered before 1921.
  • Knights of King Solomon, Mount Zion #9, chartered before 1921.
  • Knights of King Solomon, Love Union #209, chartered before 1929.
  • Knights of Labor, Assembly #734, chartered before 1888.
  • Knights of Labor, Wilson Light Assembly #10699, chartered before 1887.
  • Knights of Labor, Saratoga Assembly #8221, chartered before 1888.
  • Knights of Labor, Pine Level Assembly #10811, chartered before 1889.
  • Marshall Lodge #297, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, chartered in 1921.
  • Royal Fraternal Organization, organized in 1910.

Per the Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner of the State of North Carolina (1925), the home office of the Royal Fraternal Organization was in Wilson, the organization had been chartered in 1910, its president was J.W. Parker, and its secretary was Cora C. Lucas.

  • Knights of Pythias, Peaceful Valley Lodge #272
  • Order of Eastern Star, Silver Star Chapter #26

More to come as I research these organizations.

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