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Bishop Charles Harrison Mason 1953

Bishop Charles Harrison Mason 1953

Bishop Charles Harrison Mason was born September 8, 1866 to Jerry and Eliza Mason, near The Prior Farm, outside of Memphis, Shelby County. Tenn. Mason is Founding Bishop of The Church of God In Christ, which was organized in 1897 and is a major Pentecostal assembly with a worldwide membership in excess of four million. Bishop Mason went into eternal rest on November 17, 1961 at the age of 95.

Could anyone tell me . . .

What he's holding in this picture, and what significance it has? It looks like driftwood or petrified wood, maybe?
I first saw this last week when my funeral home conducted the services for the wife of a COGIC pastor, and it totally piqued my interest :) It was my first exposure to the COGIC, and I have to say, I liked it a lot---an incredibly joyful celebration of a woman's long and rich life, and it seemed like everyone who spoke (and there were a lot!) was very talented in the areas of preaching and witnessing. Lovely people all around :)

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