OES      Cecelia Dunlap Grand Chapter    OES    
Order Of Eastern Star Of Kentucky, P.H.A.

                         Cecelia Dunlap Grand Chapter, OES, Inc, PHA


Researched and Compiled by Sister Felecia Ballard

In the historic town of Boston, Massachusetts, there was instituted the first lodge of Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons among colored men in America, with Prince Hall commonly styled the founder of the Negro Masonry, and its Worshipful Master.  About 100 years later 1875 at our National Capital, our own Brother Thornton A. Jackson, realized the fact that Wives, Daughters, Sisters, Mothers and Widows of the Free Masons of our group should have the privileges of the Adoptive Rite. He procured the degrees himself from Brother Robert Macoy, the present Patron of the Supreme Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star and instituted Queen Esther No. 1 in the District of Columbia. This became the first chapter of the Order of Eastern Star among African-Americans in America.  In 1895 Cecelia Dunlap Grand Chapter was instituted.

It has been determined by the previously mentioned persons and sources that a letter from Brother W. H. Ballard, Historian of Prince Hall Grand Lodge, written to Sis. Blanche W. Lewis, July 11, 1893 contained a declaration from Grand Master Charles Steele, made in Georgetown, Kentucky stating:

“We believe a more generous diffusion of the Adoptive Rite among Wives,      Daughters, Sisters, Mothers and Widows of Master Masons would greatly       Enhance the interest of the Craft throughout the jurisdiction, and recognize   the lawfully existing Courts and Chapters.”