Monday, October 23, 2017
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Past Most Excellent Grand High Priests


Eugene Johnson
2014
 
Lewis Thurston
Current MEGHP
 

Johnny McCray, 33°
1994-2003


Carl Finerson, 33°, KYCH
2003-2009


Henry B. Parker, 33°, KYCH
2009-2014

 
Carey P. Bentle
1979-1980

Cleveland J. Mackey
1980-1987
 
Charles Maxwell, 33°
1988-1994

Reuben S. Mitchell
1st MEGHP
1897 - 1906

John G. Riley

1908-1953
 
Fred Alexander
1954-1979



John Gilmore Riley was born in 1857, when slavery was a way of life and educational pursuits for blacks were illegal. In 1881 he began teaching at Lincoln Academy, one of three freedmen schools built during the Reconstruction era in Florida to provide secondary instruction to blacks. In addition to his career as an educator, he also distinguished himself as a leader in business and was Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons of Florida. John G. Riley died in 1954. The house he built for his family in 1890 stands today as a testament to the rich, cultural heritage of African-Americans.