Friday, September 16, 2016
Masonry on TV: 'Queen Sugar'
A Brother just wrote this afternoon to let me know about an episode of Queen Sugar on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network that just recently aired. The episode is entitled "Evergreen," and is the second in the series. According to him, near the end of the show, a funeral takes place, and it depicted a Masonic funeral service, with the Brethren acting as pall bearers. He added that it was "well done," and several viewers remarked online that it was sensitively and accurately portrayed.
The drama is based on a book by Natalie Baszile, and is set in the fictional town of Saint Josephine, Louisiana. It tells the story of three estranged adult siblings and their struggles to run a sugar cane farm in the South, inherited after the death of their father, Ernest Bordelon.
The "Evergreen" episode centered around the funeral for their father in which the Masonic service takes place. The title was derived from the sprig placed on the deceased Brother's coffin during the ceremony.
(Thanks to Peter Pendergast for alerting me, and to Mark Leo for sending the image.)