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I have reviewed the records of the Supreme General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and hereby render my account starting in 1952, when the convention was held in New Orleans, LA At that time, the Supreme General Grand high Priest was David C. Craighead.

In 1954, The Supreme Convocation was held in Brooklyn, NY.   Companion C.W. Mackey of New Orleans was elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.   The record shows that we had four states with chapters: St. George of Chicago; Gibraltar of New Orleans; Wolverine Grand Chapter of Michigan; and Hiram of New jersey. At that meeting, Joppa Chapter #1 of New York was given a charter.

In 1956, the Supreme Convocation was held in Chicago, IL.   Companion Winston Merriman was elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.

In 1958, the Supreme Convocation was held in Detroit, MI.   Companion Carlos Johnson was elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.

In 1960, the Supreme Convocation was held in Brooklyn, NY.   Companion Howard J. Willis was elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.

In 1962, the Supreme Convocation was held in Detroit, MI.   Companion Howard J. Willis remained in office.

In 1964 Brooklyn, NY - Companion Willis, Companion Wilfred Heyward elected Supreme General Grand Secretary.

In 1965 Newark, NJ - Companion Willis, Companion Heyward.

In 1966- Los Angeles, CA Willis & Heyward.

On August 14, 1967 San Antonio, TX.  The Grand Masonic Congress met with T.J. Hawkins to plan a merger.   Companion Willis and Heyward retained their offices.  On December 11, 1967, the two congresses and subordinate departments met in Washington, D.C. to continue the discussion of a merger.

In 1968 New York, NY. At the convocation, an agreement was made and the two bodies merged.   The officers were:

Companion Howard J. Willis-Supreme General Grand High Priest
Companion Beatly Townsend-Deputy Supreme General Grand High Priest
Companion Obie S. Ellison-Supreme General Grand King
Companion William H. Bryant-Supreme General Grand Scribe
Companion Wilfred W. Heyward-Supreme General; Grand Financial Secretary
Companion Marcus T. Wynn-Supreme General Grand Recorder
Companion Delaware Simpkins-Supreme Grand Treasurer
Companion David E. Jamison-Supreme Grand Captain of the Host
Companion Monroe Gladney-Supreme Grand Principal Sojourner
Companion Marion Johnson-Supreme General Grand Royal Arch Captain
Companion W.O. Watkins-Supreme General Grand Master of the 1st Veil
Companion John S. Cooper-Supreme General Grand Master of the 2nd Veil
Companion F.A. Watson-Supreme General Grand Master of the 3rd Veil
Companion Eugene Sutherland-Supreme General Grand Inside Sentinel
Companion Benny Rogers-Supreme General Grand Outside Sentinel


In 1969 Chicago, IL all companions retained their respective offices.

In 1970 Detroit, MI The T.J. Hawkins Grand Masonic Congress with drew and the new officers were:

Companion Howard J. Willis-Supreme General Grand High Priest
Companion James Sims-Deputy Supreme General Grand High Priest
Companion John Cooper-Supreme General Grand King
Companion Marion Johnson-Supreme General Grand Scribe
Companion Wilfred W. Heyward-Supreme General Grand Financial Secretary
Companion Julius Griffin-Supreme General Grand Recorder
Companion Willie Sims-Supreme Grand Treasurer
Companion David E. Jamison-Supreme Grand Captain of the Host
Companion Eugene Sutherland-Supreme Grand Principal Sojourner
Companion Lucius Fleming-Supreme General Grand Royal Arch Captain
Companion John Page-Supreme General Grand Sentinel
In 1971 Charlotte, NC - All officers retained their positions.

In 1972 San Antonio, TX - Willis and Heyward remained in office.   At this convocation, the Grand Masonic Congress and the Federation of Masons Split.   The Grand Masonic Congress agreed to have their meetings biannually on even year.

In 1974 Los Angeles, CA - Willis, and Heyward remained in office.

In 1976 Denver, CO - Willis and Heyward remained in office.

In 1978 Phoenix, AZ - Willis, and Heyward remained in office.

In 1980 Philadelphia, PA - Willis and Heyward remained in office.

In 1982 Chicago, IL - Willis and Heyward remained in office.

In 1984 Memphis, TN - Willis, and Heyward remained in office.

In 1986 New York, NY - Willis and Heyward remained in office.

In 1988 Little Rock, AR - Willis, and Heyward remained in office. During that year, Companion Willis passed. (After the convention) .

In 1990 New Orleans, LA - Companion Charles V. Anderson was Elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.   Companion Heyward continues as Supreme General Grand Secretary. .

In 1992 Chicago, IL - Anderson and Heyward remained in office.

In 1994 Kansas City, MO - Anderson and Heyward remained in office.

In 1996 Birmingham, AL - Companion Anderson remained in office. Companion Charles Alford Jr., was elected Supreme General Grand Secretary.

In 1998 Cincinnati, OH - Companion Anderson remained in office.   Companion Heyward was elected Supreme General Grand Secretary.

In 2000 Detroit, MI - Companion Anderson remained in office.   Companion Walter Mobley was elected Supreme General Grand Secretary.

In 2002 Memphis, TN - Companion James L. Williams was elected Supreme General Grand High Priest.   Companion Mobley remained in office.

In 2004 Los Angeles, CA - Williams, and Mobley remained in office.



Important Companions to remember:

G.M. Joe Johnson of California
G.M. Spence Cook of Chicago, IL
G.M. Lawrence T. West of Philadelphia, PA
G.M. Albert Lockridge of Detroit, MI
G.M. Daniel Mason of NY
G.M. David E. Jamison of NY
G.M. Leon Alexander of Detroit, MI
G.M. Obie S. Ellison of NY
Companion Leroy Grayson of Detroit, MI
Companion Marion Johnson of Detroit, MI
Companion Thomas Hunter of NY
Companion Hubert Yearwood of NY


This is just to name a few Companions who worked to keep this organization afloat so that it could arrive at its present status.

At conception, the Supreme General Grand Chapter was a John G. Jones Affiliate.

Respectfully submitted,



Wilfred W. Heyward                                               James L. Williams
Supreme General Grand Secretary Emeritus           Supreme General Grand High Priest