33° certificate issued by the United Supreme Council to Richard Theodore Greener, 1896 September 8

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Title

33° certificate issued by the United Supreme Council to Richard Theodore Greener, 1896 September 8

Description

A 33° certificate issued by the United Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for Southern and Western Jurisdictions of the United States to Richard Theodore Greener, and dated September 8, 1896. Signed by Greener, John G. Jones, D.F. Seville, and Charles W. Newton.

Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922) was a prominent African American attorney, educator, diplomat, and Freemason. Among his many accomplishments, Greener was the first African American graduate of Harvard College, the dean of Howard University’s School of Law, a professor at the University of South Carolina, and the first U.S. Consul to Vladivostok, Russia.

The United Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for Southern and Western Jurisdictions of the United States was schismatic Scottish Rite group formed by black Chicago lawyer John G. Jones and others in 1895.

The date of Greener’s 33rd degree certificate coincides with his arrival in Chicago and his involvement with the National Republican Committee’s National Colored Bureau in the 1896 presidential campaign for Republican nominee William McKinley.

Source

Collection of Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, Massachusetts.
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Date

1896 09 08

Rights

This image is presented for research and educational purposes only, and may not be distributed or re-published without permission from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library.

Language

English

Identifier

A2016/001

References

Croteau, Jeffrey. "Museum & Library Acquires Richard Theodore Greener's 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Certificate," Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library blog. February 9, 2016.

Extent

1 document; 44 X 36 cm.

Provenance

Museum purchase.

Item Relations

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Citation

Scottish Rite (Masonic order). United Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for Southern and Western Jurisdiction of the United States., “33° certificate issued by the United Supreme Council to Richard Theodore Greener, 1896 September 8,” digitalVGW, accessed August 19, 2019, https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/512.