Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America

This is a social and fraternal organization of negroes, which seeks to parallel the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. As the A. A. O. N. M. S. admits only Freemasons who are Knights Templars or have received the thirty-second degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, so the A. A. O. N. M. S. of North and South American receives only those who have taken the higher degrees conferred in negro Masonic bodies. The Grand Council of the A. A. O. N. M. S. of North and South America was instituted at Chicago, June 10, 1893, by John G. Jones and others. It is declared ath Mr. Jones is the first negro in the United State to receive the Shrine degree.

Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.

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