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SUDAN SHRINERS HISTORY

S-U-D-A-N – “SUDAN” – the Arabic meaning of which is “An Area of the Sub-Saharan Africa.” The name is from the oldest part of the world, from a land of mystery and pageantry

Dispensation for the establishment of Sudan was received July 13, 1916, and formal institution ceremonies were held four months later on November 22, 1916, at 2:30 pm. Tremendous interest had already been manifested, evidenced by the fact that on the day of institution there were 106 candidates and 30 affiliates received into membership. The Special Deputy of the Imperial Potentate installed the first officers, administering to them the obligations and oath of their office. The Commission of the Imperial Potentate was read by Illustrious G. T. Bryan, Past Potentate of Oasis Shriners. Among those installed and obligated with the vows of their office by Noble W. S. Lydell, Special Deputy of the Imperial Potentate, were the first Potentate, Noble Alexander B. Andrews, Jr., of Raleigh; Chief Rabban J. C. Braswell; Assistant Rabban W. A. French; High Priest and Prophet W. G. Branham; Oriental Guide W. R. Smith; Treasurer C. D. Bradham (founder of the original Pepsi Cola Company); the first Recorder of Sudan Temple Joe F. Rhem; First Ceremonial Master J. H. Anderson; Second Ceremonial Master R. C. Dunn, Marshall J. T. Lassister; Captain of the Guard F. N. Bridgers; Outer Guard E. C. Toepleman

 The new and present Shrine Center was constructed adjacent to the old one and dedicated in 1951 under Potentate Marcus G. Carpenter. The office suite and dormitory addition to the facility was completed and dedicated in 1956 under Potentate Clarence H. Parker. This Temple Building is now one of the most unique in the quaint old City of New Bern, the colonial capital of North Carolina and said to be the smallest city in North America which one can obtain all the degrees of Masonry, the Blue Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the Shrine, the Eastern Star and the White Shrine. Sudan was the 141st Temple to be chartered by the Imperial Council and now has over 7100 members. It is also the second largest Shrine Center in North Carolina and the eighth largest in the entire Shrine fraternity.

THESE ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE HISTORY OF SUDAN SHRINERS ON THEIR WEB SITE

 

HISTORY OF THE FEZ

The fez, which we Nobles of the Shrine have the honor and privilege of wearing, has been handed down to us through the ages. The red, or Scarlet, fez, official headwear of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, derives its name from the original place of its manufacture, the holy city of Fez in Morocco, and dates back to about 980 A.D

In that day, the city of Fez was the seat of learning, drawing pupils and scholars from all parts of the world. Besides being a holy one, it also was the center of manufacturing, which included silks, sashes, carpets, leathers and headdresses. The last-names were known as fezzes, so named for that city. The fez was dyed red or scarlet and became the symbol as a mark of learning, in favor of the wearer, and only the highest dignitaries were permitted to wear the red hat, or fez.

In the Orient this prevails even to the present. As the glory of the city of Fez faded, the manufacture of the fez for use in southern Europe and Northern Africa now is confined chiefly to Austria, France and Turkey.

 

 

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