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Prince Hall Grand Lodge

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On March 6, 1775, Prince Hall and 14 men of color were made masons in Lodge #441 of the Irish Registry attached to the 38th British Foot Infantry at Castle William Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. It marked the first time that Black men were made masons in America. About a year later, since the conflict between England and America had commenced, the British Foot Infantry left Boston, along with its lodge, leaving Prince Hall and his associates without a lodge. Before the lodge left, Worshipful Master Batt, gave them a "permit" to meet as a lodge and bury their dead in manner and form. This permit, however, did not allow them to do any "masonic work" or to take in any new members. Under it, African Lodge was organized on July 3, 1776, with Prince Hall as the worshipful master. It wasn't long before this lodge received an additional "permit" from Provincial Grand Master John Rowe to walk in procession on St. John's Day. On March 2, 1784, African Lodge #1 petitioned the Grand Lodge of England, the Premier or Mother Grand Lodge of the world, for a warrant (or charter), to organize a regular masonic lodge, with all the rights and privileges thereunto prescribed. The Grand Lodge of England issued a charter on September 29, 1784 to African Lodge #459, the first lodge of Blacks in America. African Lodge #459 grew and prospered to such a degree that Worshipful Master Prince Hall was appointed a Provincial Grand Master, in 1791, and out of this grew the first Black Provincial Grand Lodge. In 1797 he organized a lodge in Philadelphia and one in Rhode Island. These lodges were designated to work under the charter of African Lodge #459. In December 1808, one year after the death of Prince Hall, African Lodge #459 (Boston), African Lodge #459 (Philadelphia) and Hiram Lodge #3 (Providence) met in a general assembly of the craft and organized African Grand Lodge (sometime referred to as African Grand Lodge #I). In 1847, out of respect for their founding father and first Grand Master, Prince Hall, they changed their name to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, the name it carries today. In 1848 Union Lodge #2, Rising Sons of St. John #3 and Celestial Lodge #4 became the first lodges organized under the name Prince Hall Grand Lodge. From these beginnings, there now are some 5,000 lodges and 47 grand lodges who trace their lineage to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

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10/13/2017

This organization and place is a great place to bring the family. This present location is an excellent area for this particular lodge. The grounds and facilities is well kept and the outside of the building is immaculate. I always suggest people who visit this lodge to go down stairs to visit the local bar BIFF's.

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10/13/2017

My name is Kayla my stepdad Randy left us cause of a homewreckers named Sonya please we are asking for a miracle pray for our family to get back together

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10/13/2017

Big hall,but the drinks are pretty pricey

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10/13/2017

Hey beautiful space when open without meeting a great place to bring the family or work crew

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6/5/2020

Had my grandmother's repast here, and the staff here was very helpful and accomodating during this time.

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6/5/2020

Good brothers and sisters running the lodge . A community staple

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6/5/2020

Annual Christmas party.

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6/5/2020

Great experience visiting Celestial Lodge #2. Very hospitable, amazing rituals, great brotherhood with delicious food!!!

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9/7/2020

What can I say besides WOW! The friendless and genuine love of the brothers here is nothing like anywhere I’ve ever experienced. I was taking a picture of the outside and a member walked up saw I was a mason and gave me a room by room tour! Now that’s LOVE

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