A team that loves to create
William H. Grey, first Grand Master, Minister and Legislator.
John H. Johnson, 2nd Grand Master, 1st Grand Patron, Politician.
J.C. Corbin, 3rd Grand Master, founder of Branch Normal College, now UAPB.
Moses A. Clark, 4th Grand Master, self-taught lawyer, builder of
Masonic Temple. Served 25 years.
Milford Gibbs, member Richmond #2, first Black banker.
James and Annie Gilliam, brother and sister, Grand Patron and Grand Matron together, educators.
S.T. Boyd, Grand Master, 1st president of Shorter College.
J.E. Peake, educator, full time Grand Patron. Membership grew
from 150 to 10,000 in Order of Eastern Star.
M.J. Caruth, "Mr. Mason" of Arkansas, first Black to chair the Crime
Commission in Arkansas.
Otis Hicks, Past Grand Master, first Black JP in Ashley County.
Mahlon Martin, first Black City Manager in Little Rock.
Carl E. Hyman, MD, 1st Black to chair the ABC Commission in Arkansas, serving under 5 governors.
Rodney Slater, first Black Highway Commissioner.
Charles Bussey, first Black Mayor of Little Rock.
Cleveland K. Wilson, first Black school board member in Hamburg.
Howard L. Woods, Past Grand Master, member Arkansas State Police Commission.
Leroy Brownlee, member of Arkansas Pardons and Paroles.
Leo Chitman, first Black mayor of West Memphis, Arkansas.
Curtis B. Adams, Jr., the Secretary of the Arkansas Natural Heritage
Historical Events of the P.H.A. Masonic Temple and Fraternities
Built in 1902 at cost of over $77,000.00
Stood at first as tallest building in Pine Bluff
Served as meeting place for a number of churches and other events
Served as a basketball court for A M & N (currently known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) college before other gymnasiums were built.
Served as concert hall for big bands in 20s and 30s.
Served as annual meeting place for the Prince Hall Masonic Family
Masonic Family composed of men, women, and youth
Master Masons organized in 1873
Royal Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star (OES) organized in 1885
Order of the Eastern Star Youth Fraternity organized in 1899
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons organized in 1890
Council of Deliberation, AA Scottish Rite, SJ (32nd & 33rd degree Masons) organized in 1950
Order of the Golden Circle organized in 1950
Prince Hall Shriners organized Desert Conference in 1950
Grand Court Heroines of Jericho organized in 1956 & 1973
Knights of Pythagoras Grand Council (for boys) organized in 1957 & reorganized 1996
Grand Commandery of Knights Templar organized in 1983
Heroines of the Templar Crusade organized in 1986
Pearl of Love Empress of The Galaxy (girls) organized in 1994
Most Illustrious Monroe Murdock Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters 2017
Arkansas Grand Masters
Hon. William H. Grey: 1873-1874
Hon. John H. Johnson: 1874-1878
Hon. Joseph C. Corbin: 1878-1881
Hon. Moses A. Clark: 881-1905
Hon. S.T. Boyd: 1905-1910
Hon. John H. Harrison: 1910-1922
Hon. J.S. Felix: 1922-1933
Hon. Ellis U. Reed: 1933-1950
Hon. John Campbell: 1950
Hon. Willie M. Williams: 1950-1956
Hon. E.J. Jackson: 1956
Hon. Solomon Richardson: 1956-1961
Hon. William R. Jones: 1961-1971
Hon. Otis Hicks: 1971
Hon. L.W. Williamson: 1971- 1973
Hon. Horace J. Evans: 1973 -1982
Hon. Howard L. Woods: 1982-2005
Hon. Cleveland K. Wilson: 2005-Present