Barbados Fraternal Chapter Mosaic Templars Discovers It Has Roots In Arkansas

How many Barbadians are aware that a friendly society called Mosaic Templars which was “founded by Aldridge E. Bush and Percy Lipton Dorman, two former slaves, in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1883”, established a chapter in Barbados in 1928. Unfortunately the Mosaic Templars collapsed in the 1930s caused by the Great Depression. To its credit the local chapter which lists 20 members in its membership has been able to survive. The fact that the local chapter of the Mosaic Templars has been able to outlive its parent is worthy of recognition. Here is a link which briefly explains why this fraternal organization for Blacks was established in Arkansas of all places.

Recently, “members of the Barbados chapter came to Little Rock to attend the grand opening Saturday of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a new building on the site where the organization’s headquarters once stood. The new center offers a museum detailing black Arkansan history and the society”.  While there appears to be no mention of the Barbados Chapter on the new Mosaic Templars Cultural Website, we congratulate the local chapter of the Mosaic Templars for their loyalty and commitment to a good cause. We hope that their effort to recruit new membership will bear fruit. The local chapter has operated on the fading characteristic of entrepreneurship which Barbadians need to rekindle.

Good Luck!

BU thanks a family member for bringing this noteworthy item to our attention.

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7 Comments on “Barbados Fraternal Chapter Mosaic Templars Discovers It Has Roots In Arkansas”

  1. J September 22, 2008 at 6:42 AM #

    ok guys I know that you are a “secret order”, but step forward and identify yourseves so that we can big you up.


  2. Hopi September 22, 2008 at 9:03 AM #

    Is your local chapter benevolent or is just another tentacle of today’s “brotherhood?


  3. Floyd Chapman September 27, 2008 at 12:56 PM #

    I am in California and would like to communicate with someone in Barbados who belongs to the local chapter. One name mentioned is Hilary Bruce. Please help me to reach him via email or another chapter officer.

    Thank you


  4. David September 27, 2008 at 8:00 PM #

    @Floyd Chapman

    There is no information available that we know of but you should try contacting the centre which was recently established in Arkansas.


  5. Alfred Taylor September 10, 2009 at 4:05 PM #

    Mr Chapman,

    This is a little late, but I know Hilary Bruce from the Barbados chapter. If you still want to get in touch drop me an email at


  6. Troy May 16, 2010 at 12:44 PM #

    I would like for these templer to contact me. I would like to learn more about them.


  7. Steven Williams July 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM #

    I too would like to join … I think a cause with such as illustrious history is worthy of respect and continued fellowship


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