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List of US States & Countries that Recognize
Prince Hall Affiliated Freemasonry


The 41 (out of a total of 51 — 80%) U.S. Grand Lodges listed below have adopted resolutions that say Prince Hall Masonry is "regular." Almost all of them (probably at least 39 of the 41) have adopted "full recognition," in the same sense they recognize any other Grand Lodge, some have granted recognition to the extent of permitting intervisitation but not dual memberships (this is almost always requested by the Prince Hall Grand Lodges involved), and some have adopted resolutions recognizing a particular Prince Hall Grand Lodge subject to adoption of similar action by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge involved.

It should also be noted that several "predominately white" U.S. Grand Lodges have adopted "blanket" recognition resolutions, saying they automatically recognize every Prince Hall Grand Lodge that has or will be recognized by any of the other "mainstream" (predominately white) U.S. Grand Lodges. See http://bessel.org/masrec/phablanket.htm

There are 41 states (plus Washington DC) in the U.S. that have Prince Hall Grand Lodges (the other 10 states may have Prince Hall lodges, but they are chartered by a Prince Hall Grand Lodge of another state). Of these 41 U.S. states that have Prince Hall Grand Lodges, 30 (73%) have been recognized by the "predominately white" Grand Lodge in that state. (However, it is likely that only about half of Prince Hall masons live in states where their "predominately white" counterparts still have not recognized them). These are:

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia (Washington DC)
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

Please note that there is a map at http://bessel.org/masrec/phamap.htm that graphically shows which "mainstream" Grand Lodges have recognized Prince Hall Masonry.

For more detailed information on Prince Hall recognition in the United States, visit http://bessel.org/masrec/phachart.htm

The following Canadian Provinces recognize Prince Hall Affiliated Masons:

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Newfoundland
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan

Other countries which recognize Prince Hall Affiliated Masons:

Australia
Australia/Queensland
England
Ireland

Sources:
http://bessel.org/masrec/phachart.htm
http://www.msana.com/princehall.asp

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