Ancient City 63 History

According to Desert of Florida records in 1894 the first temple was established in “The Sunshine State” with concerns to Prince Hall Shrinedom. Rabia Temple #8, located in Jacksonville, continues to hold its position as the oldest active Prince Hall Shrine Temple in a state which boasts some of the oldest temples in the Nation. The Imperial Council also chartered thirteen (13) other temples during this era. Among those initial 13 Temples were: Ancient City Temple #63 located in St. Augustine, and Osiris Temple #67 in Daytona Beach. The Nobles of Ancient City Temple #63 are following in the footsteps of the Nobles who chartered a Temple for Prince Hall initiates when it wasn’t popular to do so. Many of the historic Temples in Florida, were situated in cities such as Jacksonville, Palatka, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Tampa who dealt with an adverse atmosphere even as they were trying to conduct the business of serving humanity. Over the years, Temples’ attendance dwindled and others simply died out. Ancient City is one Temple which has withstood the ravishes of time and age.

Ancient City #63 is named for Saint Augustine, which was founded in 1565 and has the distinction of being the oldest city in the Nation. Thus the moniker which now identifies the oldest city in America now identifies one of the oldest Prince Hall Temples in the Nation. Ancient City #63, was chartered by the Imperial Council on August 9, 1914.

The late 1990’s saw a shift in momentum, participation, and activism within the order. In 1997, the charter for Osiris Temple was transferred from Daytona Beach to Melborne, FL, while the charter for Ancient City moved to “The City of the World’s Most Famous Beach!” Along with the charter for Ancient City came a plethora of Nobles, intent on keeping standards which make Prince Hall Shriners a foundation in Black and American History as a whole. From its humble beginnings in St. Augustine to the notoriety it now receives in Daytona Beach, Ancient City #63 continues to stand the test of time.

 

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Ancient City #63 is named for Saint Augustine, which was founded in 1565 and has the distinction of being the oldest city in the Nation. Thus the moniker which now identifies the oldest city in America now identifies one of the oldest Prince Hall Temples in the Nation. Ancient City #63, was chartered by the Imperial Council on August 9, 1914.


“Prince Hall Shrinedom embraces all the fundamental concepts of the Masonic Order, but is more colorful, with a broader spectrum of visibility by the way it dispenses charity in the community, and the care for its own. Ancient City #63 is trying to ensure its longevity and history of service.”