PRINCE HALL SHRINEDOM embraces all of the basic fundamental concepts of the Masonic Order, but is more colorful, with a broader spectrum of visibility by the manner in which it dispenses charity in the community, and the care for its own.

John George Jones, the founder, is said to have been introduced to the ritualistic mysteries of the Order by Ali Rofeit Pasha, Deputy and representative from the Grand Council of Arabia, during the World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Shrinedom, because of its pageantry, has on occasions been referred to as the "Display" House in Masonry, causing men to sometimes join the prerequisite Houses solely with the intent on becoming a Shriner.

There are 224 Constituent Temples throughout the Imperial Domain (the World), with a membership of over 25,000 - and growing.

Shrinedom is thought of as a Fraternal, Social, and Charitable Organization: FRATERNAL in the sense of using passwords and symbols to remind the members to ever strive for inner self-improvement; SOCIAL from the standpoint of the enjoyment of good times within its own ranks; and CHARITABLE for its unselfish giving of goods and services on both the local and national level.

Heading the list of recipients is the NAACP, the Legal Defense Fund, the Urban League, and United Negro College Fund, along with Annual Grants to several institutions of higher learning and hospitals throughout the land, for medical and other research projects.

Substantial grants are awarded to colleges annually to supplement the education of economically deprived youth, along with a program of financial aid to fight drugs, crime and delinquency. There is also a national scholarship grant program for young ladies between the ages of 17 and 24 to attend colleges and universities of their choice. They also strongly endorse the Assault on Illiteracy (AOIP), amid an engagement in development programs with Third World Countries.

The Shrine Organization is 108 years old and takes great pride in its Auxiliary, which is composed of wives, sisters, mothers and daughters of the membership - officially styled, the Imperial Court Daughters of Isis.

They are 90 years old and mirror, in some respect, the activities of the parent body. Both share offices in the organization's Headquarters Building located in Memphis, Tennessee.



The Shrine is headed by the Imperial Potentate, and the Daughters by the Imperial Commandress. The red Fez is worn by the men and the white Fez by the women, both of whom are community oriented - and definitely on the move!


*Obtained from the Imperial Council Website



The Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, is an auxiliary of female family members of Prince Hall Shriners, and was formally organized at the annual session of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, held in Detroit, Michigan, on August 24, 1910.

The establishment of the Imperial Court was a result of a meeting held in 1909, when women representing the Daughters of Isis from Maryland, Rhode Island and Washington, DC, met with a committee of Prince Hall Shriners and requested the formation and recognition of an organization for their women relatives.

The purpose of the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, is to unite the relatives of all members of the A.E.A.O.N.M.S. into one common bond of friendship, to practice charity and benevolence, and to inculcate honor and integrity as symbolized in the legend of the Egyptian queen, the goddess Isis.

The Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, a charitable and benevolent organization, stresses the development of powerful leaders, encourages health awareness among youth and adults, provides services to help disabled and senior citizens, provides for effective networking among its members and other organizations, recognizes and celebrates the historic and current achievement of African American women, exerts positive influence and utilizes the tool of role modeling for youth, teenage mothers, high school and college students, and disseminates information for educational opportunities and career planning to youth and young adults.

Specific program thrusts include education and scholarship, health, mentoring our youth and senior citizens, book bags and school supplies for adopted schools, and the Isiserettes/Youth. In addition to volunteer activities, financial donations are made annually to College Fund/UNCF, scholarships, Health and Medical Research, American Cancer Society, Mental Retardation, NAACP, National Foundation (Birth Defects), HIV/AIDS Awareness and other civic and special interests.

This organization of 12 courts at its inception has grown to almost 200 courts located in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Germany, Italy and Japan.

*Obtained from the Imperial Court Website


Who we are and where we came from:

Al Faruk Temple No. 145 owes its beginnings to our thirteenth Imperial Potentate, Noble (Dr.) Raymond Ellis Jackson. In 1939, the Shriners, Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Inc. (A.E.A.O.N.M.S., Inc.) elected Raymond to lead the organization as Imperial Potentate. He served in that capacity until 1955. He literally revived the organization. He edited its journal, "The Pyramid" and established several programs to invigorate the membership. As the chief officer of the Shriners, he was instrumental in establishing financial support for two research programs that were relevant to the health of Blacks. One was at Howard University in the field of Tuberculosis and the other was at Roswell Memorial Cancer Research Center in Buffalo.


Noble Jackson was born August 3, 1900 in Buffalo, New York to Samuel and Harriet Jackson. He was a member of Musician's Local No. 533 and co-founder of the Musician's Club of Buffalo. He served as the only African-American national representative of the American Federation of Musicians from 1936 to the.year after he became Imperial Potentate. Jackson was raised in 1921, a member of St. John's Lodge No. 16 of Buffalo, and served as Worshipful Master in 1928.


After joining Bison Consistory No. 28 and-Hadji Temple No. 61 in 1922, he served as Illustrious Potentate in 1929. He was appointed the District Deputy Grand Lecturer for 1928 and 1929; elected Grand Senior Warden in 1930; Deputy Grand Master in 1931; and at age 34, in 1934, was elected the youngest Grand Master in the history of New York.


Noble (Dr.) Raymond Ellis Jackson, who was re-elected to the office of Imperial Potentate for another three years at the 44th Annual Session of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, held in Indianapolis, IN (1944). Noble (Dr.) Raymond E. Jackson was 89 years of age at the time of his death on February 14, 1990. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Although, at this time it is not known of their origins in the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Nobles Mystic Shrine in 1945, three Nobles J.R. Gunn, J.D. Pierce, and A.W. Foster came together to form a Shrine Temple in Columbus, GA; today known as Al Faruk Temple No. 145. These three men, along with another whom is not known at the time of this article, from various temples and possibly serving their community in various occupations or serving their country as Soldiers in the United States Army assigned to the United States Infantry Center and Fort Benning; now the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Ft Benning, GA. These Nobles wanted to bring the long and rich heritage of Prince Hall Shrinedom to the Muscogee and Chattahoochee County, and later on Russell County areas in hopes to enrich and enlighten the community from within.

On May 6, 1945 they petitioned for authorization to meet and form a Shrine Temple in Columbus, GA, and during a time when men of color were not afforded many of the same rights and privileges of our counter-parts in Shrine, Freemasonry, and within the community which they lived but with perseverance, dedication, and commitment to wanting to practice as Prince Hall Shriners, the task went on to become a reality in August of that same year, when they were granted a charter at the Imperial Session. Al Faruk Temple No. 145 History Oasis of Columbus, Desert of Georgia

The following Nobles were installed as the initial officers of Al Faruk Temple No. 145; Noble J. R. Gunn as Illustrious Potentate, Noble J. D. Pierce as Chief Rabban, Noble A.W. Foster as Assistant Rabban, and the following Noble completed the officers and members: Nobles W. M. Thomas, J. S. Stanback, James Fletcher, D. P. Nesbitt, Hallie Thomas, Jacob Harrison, Morris Jackson, Samuel Devaugh, C. J. Jackson, Leo Wright, Willie Dandy and Dover Roberts.

Since its beginning in 1945, Al Faruk Temple has been at the forefront of many charitable crusades within the community of Columbus, GA, Ft Benning, GA and Phenix City, AL; also known as the Tri-City Area.


Background Information:

  • Jerome Williams Clown Unit
  • National Diabetes Initiative Buck Drops
  • Sponsorship of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of West Georgia
  • Participation in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Annual Observance
  • Toys for Tots Give-Away at Midtown Medical Center
  • Annual Book Bag/School Supplies Give-Away
  • Muscogee Manor and Rehabilitation Center Bingo Night


Honors and Temple Awards:

  • 2003 Illustrious Potentate of Year, Desert of Georgia (PP J. B. King)
  • 2013 Most Improved Temple, Desert of Georgia
  • 2013 Illustrious Potentate of Year, Desert of Georgia (PP Carl Jerome Williams)


As with most Masonic organizations we have a female auxiliary, and for Al Faruk Temple No. 145 that organization is Al Faruk Court No. 94.


Al Faruk Court was Re-Chartered on the 30th day of Seb, Osiris 5055 which corresponds to the 24th day of November 1971 under then Imperial Commandress Gladys W. Dixon, #1 (1970 - 1972). Dt. Laney Weldon was appointed as the first Illustrious Commandress with Dt. Lucy Jackson who was the only member from the original court appointed as the Deputy of the Oasis of Columbus.


The original chartered members of Al Faruk Court are as follows:

  • Mittie P. Nesbitt*

  • Marian Armstrong*

  • Janie Johnson*

  • Mary Dandy*

  • Lucy Jackson*

  • Willie Pearl Floyd*

  • Manell Manuel*

  • Dorothy McGee*

  • Flozella Smith*

  • Louvenia Hudson Robinson*

  • Minnie King*

  • Bessie Holloman*

  • Jettie N. Lights

  • Margret Miller

  • Laurie Kindred*

  • E.A. Green*

  • Lillian Wilson*

  • Lovie Mills*

  • Georgia Lamb*

  • Catherine Stover


The first three Daughters created after the Court was Re-Chartered were:

  • Salemar Gouite

  • Louise Harris

  • Odessa Evans


Dt. Louise Harris who went on to serve as the sixth Illustrious Commandress was an active participant in all Court activities until the Black Camel of Death called her home.

The second Illustrious Commandress was Dt. Marion Armstrong with Dt. Jettie N. Lights serving as the third. Dt. Lights went on to become the Deputy of the Oasis where she served in that role until 1984 when she was appointed as Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Georgia, and would serve in that position for 13 years. Dt. Lights is still an active member of Al Faruk Court #94 and the Desert of Georgia.

Al Faruk Court #94 is currently gathering information in an attempt to perserve its rich history; however we believe the following information we have already obtained will give you an idea of the leadership components of this dynamic Court.

Dt. Thelma Sumbry was bestowed the honors of Past Commandress by receiving the degree with no fee.

Within our court, we also have the honor of having Dt. Teena S. Delgado who demitted to Al Faruk from Aswan Court No. 192, Desert of Western Europe. Dt. Delgado is a Past Imperial Commandress of the Imperial Court, Auxiliary to the A.E.A.O.N.M.S. and served during the years of 2002 - 2003.

The members of Al Faruk Temple No. 145 and Al Faruk Court No. 94 would like to thank you in advance for reading about our 112 years, and counting, of history. Please check back from time as we are going to continually update our history as more becomes available.


As We Cross the Sands,


Noble Anthony Davis, #145, 31st Illustrious Potentate

Dt. Terry Turner, #94, 22nd Illustrious Commandress

Who Are Prince Hall Shriners