United Sons of Ham of America: Secret African American Society During Reconstruction

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The United Sons of Ham of America was a popular African American secret society in the South organized during the Reconstruction period. The society aimed to encourage industry, brotherly love, and charity by providing support to the widows and orphans of its deceased members. In a book describing the rituals of the organization, since author Adolphine Fletcher Terry explained that “slavery had denied educational opportunity and freedom of assembly,” so groups such as the United Sons of Ham attempted to unite a people who had been been divided, and help them develop into successful members of society.

The organization started with twenty members. Although the group proclaimed to be non-political, they held a convention in 1871 that was reportedly resembled a state legislative session. It is unclear how the group derived its name, although it was likely associated with biblical teachings that claimed Africans were the descendants of Ham, and the notion that Ham was cursed by his father, Noah.

The United Sons of Ham celebrated their founding each October with music, parades, guest speakers, banquets, and other activities. Certain dates were important and widely observed in the organization, including Emancipation Day on January 1 and Independence Day on July 4. It is unknown where the society first originated, but evidence points to its existence in Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.




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  • Janice Price June 22, 2017 - 8:41 pm

    My great grandfather Anderson Faulkner is buried in Dry Creek Son of Ham Cemetery in Goodlettsville TN.

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  • Hyacinth Okenwa June 7, 2019 - 3:35 pm

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  • Tu’Nook Alexander June 8, 2019 - 3:48 pm

    Very interesting. Great for a stage play.

  • Margaret June 8, 2019 - 8:34 pm

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  • ryan jackson June 9, 2019 - 8:10 am

    Are they still around?

  • Elvin June 9, 2019 - 11:16 am

    Very interesting. Is there any groups like this today and if not why because we sure need it as a people.

    • Cynthia June 10, 2019 - 5:15 am

      Yes Elvin, there is a group such as this. It is
      called The Nation of Islam. We also promote
      brotherly love, give charity (in numerous ways)
      and encourage and support black owned busi-
      nesses. Locate your local Muhammad Mosque
      and come see for yourself!

  • Rasil June 9, 2019 - 5:48 pm

    African Americans, the descendants of slaves are not and were NEVER the sons of Ham. We were always and remain the Children of Shem, the true “chosen people”. This is another lying lore and if they really believed themselves to be the sons of Ham, I am wondering if the missionaries gave them this lie like all the others. Visit the new Bible Museum in Washington, DC., where they mysteriously found a Slave Bible that has 2,000 scriptures missing, mistranslated and misrepresented. There were thousands of these Bibles, but they only discovered one. They and all nations confederated together to deceive us and the lies continue.

    • RasilYAH June 9, 2019 - 5:52 pm

      Rabbinical Jews and the Mormons helped perpetuate the narrative which is a lie.

  • John Ways Sr June 9, 2019 - 10:44 pm

    Don’t fall for it. We are not of Ham but of Shem. Do some research.