Queen of the South
“The Queen of the South shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them: for she came from the utmost part of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here”…. Luke 11:31
The QUEEN OF THE SOUTH is a complimentary segment of the Order of the Eastern Star degree. The Queen of the South degree is designed to compliment the members who have previously received the five degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star, by giving them an intimate bond and a token of recognition whereby they may know Masons and be known to them.
During the year 1967, Illustrious Dr. William V. Banks, 33 ˚ founder and Supreme President (deceased) separated the degrees and appointed Daughter Dorothy Riley to establish a Queen of the South Department. Princess Dorothy Riley traveled from state to state appointing and electing Grand Queen Bathsheba’s and in 1972 the Supreme Queen of the South Department was chartered and the work began by-laws, rituals, guidelines, executive boards and committees were enacted.
Princess Riley needed time to promote plans and programs to the membership. She was allotted 6:00 am sessions at the Supreme Convention for this purpose. Some members complained~~~”too early”, but they kept coming, and come they did! This department grew, grew and flourished. Presently we have Palaces in twenty-eight states, governed by six National Districts.
Dorothy Riley #189 membership are active members of this department. Our Queen of the South Palace opens quarterly to forward the teachings of this department.