In Our Community...

June 07, 2021

The Lake City Lodge No. 245 of The Knights of Pythias on May 16, 2021 with Grand Chancellor Kevin N. Brown in Lake City, SC.

Pictured from left to right; Chancellor Commander Sir Fernader Barr, Grand Trustee Sir Lacy Washington, Grand Organizer and Convention Director Sir Hubert McFadden, Grand Officer/Aid Sir Everett Sanders, Grand Chancellor of South Carolina Kevin N. Brown.

The Knights of Pythias was reestablished in South Carolina in October, 2015 in Hartsville, SC.

The Order of the Knights of Pythias is a great international fraternity, which was founded in Washington, DC, on February 19, 1864, by Justus H. Rathbone. The first African-American Lodge was organized by Dr. Thomas W. Stringer in Vicksburg, Mississippi in April, 1880 and known as Lightfoot Lodge No.1.

The Order is based upon the story of Damon and Pythias, two very close friends during the time of Ancient Greek history.

The Knights of Pythias and its members are dedicated to the cause of universal peace. In the past this older African American Fraternal Order has been responsible for establishing lodges in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

The Knights of Pythias is the 1st Fraternal Order to receive a Charter from Congress as ordered by President Abraham Lincoln. President Abraham Lincoln, as told to Sir Justus H. Rathbone, according to the principles Friendship, Charity and Benevolence said, "This Fraternal Order will help heal the wounds of our Country which was divided by the Civil War." It was at this point President Abraham Lincoln told Sir Rathbone to go to Congress and have them issue this Fraternal Charter.

The Lake City Lodge No. 245 has participated in Domestic Awareness Month, donated to Pee Dee Coalition and recently contributed to the Can Opener Project in which can openers will be distributed to agencies.

The Dramatic Order Knights of Omar is an auxiliary of The Knights of Knights of Pythias designed to create strong communities, provide support for community clean-up activities, youth sports, and host of other activities designed to build and empower local communities, they are known as the "DOKOYES." The Dramatic Order of the Knights of OMAR have a Temple located in South Carolina named MEDINA TEMPLE NO. 360. Our Imperial Potentate Johnnie Johnson is our Illustrious Imperial Potentate.

The leader of the jurisdiction of South Carolina is the Grand Chancellor of South Carolina is Sir Knight Kevin N. Brown.

The Supreme Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias is the Honorable Sir Knight Clarence Monette.

The Knights of Pythias of South Carolina have lodges located in Lake City, SC; Sumter, SC; Darington, SC; Timmonsville, SC; and Cheraw, SC.

Pictured in the last photograph are members of The Mighty Nomads of Medina Temple No. 360.

Pictured from left to right are Imperial Emir and Imperial Deputy Votary Kevin N. Brown,Votary Hubert McFadden,Votary Lacy Washington,Votary Everett Sanders, Imperial Director Votary Fernader Barr. Medina Temple No. 245 will also donate to the can opener project.