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The Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
History of Imperial Grand Council
Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America

Illustrious John G. Jones, 33˚ of Chicago, IL, 
the Sovereign Commander of the United Supreme 
Council of Arabia to be initiated into the work for 
power and authority to institute Temples in the 
United States.  The application was received and 
accepted June 1, 1893 in Chicago, IL, by Noble 
Rafeal Pasba, Deputy of the Grand Council of
Arabia.  Hon. John G. Jones was conferred with
the degree which gave him the patent power and
authority to confer the degree of Mystic Shrine and
to organize the Imperial Council, which led to him
becoming the first Grand Imperial Potentate of 
the Imperial Grand Council in the United States of
This 99th Biennial Session marks 122 years of history of the Imperial Grand Council of Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of free masonry of North and South America.  The Imperial Grand Council was organized in the city of  Chicago, ILL., in June 1893, by the founder and first Imperial Potentate, Noble John G. Jones.  The Arabia Grand Council, sent Noble Rofeldt Pasha, The Deputy of the Council to Chicago, IL. and he gave a patent with power and authority to confer the Degree of Mystic Shrine on 32˚ Masons, and to set-up temples in the states.  Noble John G. Jones of Chicago, was the first and only Mason, either white or black to be given this authority.

We presently have Temples in 16 states.  We continue to meet our primary goal of giving donations to such organizations as St. Jude's Children's Hospitals, Piney Woods Country Life School and other charitable entities.