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Prince Hall History

On March 6, 1775, an African American named Prince Hall was made a Master Mason in Irish Constitution Military Lodge No. 441, along with fourteen other African Americans: Cyrus Johnston, Bueston Slinger, Prince Rees, John Canton, Peter Freeman, Benjamin Tiler, Duff Ruform, Thomas Santerson, Prince Rayden, Cato Speain, Boston Smith, Peter Best, Forten Horward, and Richard Titley, all of whom apparently were free by birth. When the Military Lodge left the area, the African Americans were given the authority to meet as a Lodge, form Processions on the days of the Saints John, and conduct Masonic funerals, but not to confer degrees nor to do other Masonic work. These individuals applied for and obtained a Warrant for Charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784 and formed African Lodge #459. From this Warrant, Prince Hall Freemasonry was born.

To learn more about Prince Hall and Prince Hall Freemasonry, we invite you to read the following information compiled for your enlightenment:

Prince Hall Freemasonry, by Bro. George Draffen of Newington,
Fellow of the Phylaxis Society


Prince Hall History Education, by RW Raymond T. Coleman,
Grand Historian Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons
Jurisdiction of Massachusetts


Report from the United Grand Lodge of England Regarding the
Recognition of Prince Hall Masonry


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


List of Famous Prince Hall Affiliated Freemasons

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