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“F” is for Freemasonry

“F” is for Freemasonry. Freemasonry in South Carolina dates to 1735 when the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England issued a warrant establishing the office of Provincial Grand Master in the colony of South Carolina. In 1736 the first Masonic lodge in the colony, Solomon’s Lodge number one of Charleston, became the mother lodge of Freemasonry in South Carolina. The York and Scottish Rites of Freemasonry have been well received in South Carolina and have deep roots in the state. The Supreme Council of the thirty-third degree is considered the mother council of the world by Scottish Rite Freemasons. By 2022 there were 27,886 Freemasons in 268 lodges across the state under the authority of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Freemasons of South Carolina, which is the descendant of the old Provincial Grand Lodge.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.