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Prince Hall Grand Lodge
 Prince Hall Masons


Media Contact: Louis Elisa (617) 442-3116



The Oldest black Fraternal Organization in North America, African Lodge #459 of Prince Hall Grand Lodge, will reenact its 1784 founding, on Saturday, April 29, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Hundreds of Prince Hall Masons from across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean will converge on the City of Boston to meet at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 24 Washington Street, in Boston?s Grove Hall section. They will be joined by Grand Masters from 20 of the 47 Grand Lodges in America and the Head of Concordant bodies representing more than 80,000 Prince Hall masons.

The reenactment ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. are open to all Prince Hall masons that are members of African Lodge #459. Visits to Cobb?s Hill burial ground in Boston?s historic North End, Arlington Cemetery are at 2:00 p.m. and the evening?s social event at 9:00 p.m. is open to the public. Of interest will be the display and discussion of the first Masonic Grand Lodge ?Charter? in North America, granted in England 1784.

African Lodge #459 was the inspiration for many social and political movements for freedom and equality for people of color in the late 17th and early 18th century. Prince Hall, the first Grand Master, worked tirelessly to stir-up and inspire the Colonies to judge a man by the quality of his character, not his color.

In 1775, Prince Hall petitioned the Legislature of Massachusetts for better treatment of Africans. He also petitioned General George Washington to allow freed men of African decent to continue service as solders in the Continental army. He advocated for and helped found the first public school in the United States for Africans. Hall was an essential part of the underground railroad of the 1700?s that assisted slaves escaping the bondage of slavery.

The efforts of African Lodge #459 and it grand master Prince Hall have been the inspiration for social movements and change throughout America for more than 200 years. After his death African Lodge #459 was named Prince Hall Grand Lodge in his honor.

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For more information, please contact the Special Assistant to the Grand Master for Public Affairs, Louis Elisa @ (617) 445-1145 or Deputy Grand Master, David R. Phillips @ (617) 445-1145.

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Created: May 7, 2006   Modified: May 7, 2006