[St. Louis, Mo. 1948]. pp. Original yellow wrappers printed in red and black. Some uneven sunning, a few ink notations, moderate dust-soiling and edge wear to wrappers, soft central vertical crease throughout. Minor dust-soiling to most of text, a few ink notations. Good plus. Item #4638
The official souvenir program for the 1948 national convention of the Imperial Council Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, an African American shriner's organization. The program begins with a Foreword by the group's Imperial Potentate, Raymond E. Jackson, followed by photographic portraits of the Imperial Council, portraits of the women of the Imperial Court, greetings and notices (with photographic portraits) from dozens of chapters, and two pages of greetings from the Grand Chapter of Missouri. The two-page centerfold prints the schedule of events for the convention, which took place from August 15-20, and included dozens of sessions run by the Imperial Council and Court, as well as the Heroines of Jericho, Eastern Stars, and Royal Arch Masons. Among the more casual events held during the convention were a "Shriners Bathing Suit & Talent Pageant" held in Kiel Auditorium, a baseball game at Sportsman's Park, and a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. The last half of the program, as well as the inside rear cover and back cover are comprised of advertisements from local Black-owned businesses and those who catered to the Black community.