*On this date in 1874, the Order of the Eastern Star was created. This is the oldest sorority-based Black women’s organization in America.
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, was established at 708 O St. NW, Washington, DC in the home of Mrs. Georgiana Thomas. And so it was one hundred years after the founding of the first Black Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, Order of the Eastern Star, was officially instituted. The first Worthy Matron was Sister Martha Welch and the first Worthy Patron was Brother Thornton A. Jackson.