The fraternal sword of Dr. Charles C. Johnson, South Carolina pioneer who established the first colored pharmacy in Aiken in 1902. Johnson, white, lost his father at age five in Virginia, and his mother married a black man, Nicholas Poindexter. Raised with a black stepfather, he transcended the races, considering himself a "voluntary black man." He went on to graduate with an MD from Howard University, a historically black college in 1888. Johnson was a dedicated fraternal society member rising to the position of Grand Master of South Carolina in the Prince Hall Freemasons which were predominately black. A Knight of Pythias as well, Dr. Charles C. Johnson wore this sword which bears his name and that of its Atlanta, Georgia retailer.