THE SUPREME COUNCIL, Southern Jurisdiction, USA
May 31, 1801
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
This section has been completely revised and is intended to keep the Scottish Rite Members informed on the
Birthplace of the Scottish Rite of FREEMASONRY, Southern Jurisdiction USA.
information has been gathered from past issues of
the Scottish Rite Journals along with additional "NEW"
information received from Ill:. Brother McDonald “Don”
for Charleston, and is presented
here for your information:
Since the Supreme
Council was formed in Charleston on May 31, 1801, we elected to
return there in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of that
event. The program began on Sunday afternoon, September 30,
2001, with an ecumenical church service at the newly constructed
Convention Center, North Charleston, followed by the public greeting and
reception of the Grand Commander for attending Masonic leaders from around
the world. In the late afternoon, a Scottish Rite exhibit formally opened at the Charleston Museum in downtown Charleston,
which was followed
by a reception in the museum.
Planning had been in progress for several years
for celebration of the 2001 Biennial Meeting of the Supreme Council and
the 200th Anniversary of the Supreme Council at the same time in the city
of origin, Charleston, South Carolina, from Sunday, September 30 through
Wednesday, October 3, 2001. Since its formal beginning in May 1801,
the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction, Mother Council of the World,
has seen the establishment of more than 40 additional regular Supreme
Councils located around the world. A large
number of these Supreme Councils were represented in Charleston and joined us in the celebration. In fact, this
was one of
the largest gatherings of Masonic dignitaries and leaders ever seen.
The Supreme Council last met in Charleston in
1924. Ill:. H. Wallace Reid, 33°, S. G. I. G. in South
Carolina, ably assisted by Ill:. Brothers Jesse Branham, Richard
Wooden, Charles Frampton, and many other Brethren stepped in to handle the
hundreds of details in support of this major meeting.
Ill:. Brother Reid must be given credit as the head lobbyist for
promoting Charleston as the site for these events and never wavered in
his enthusiasm for hosting it.