It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Free and Accepted Masons, Jurisdiction Of Massachusetts' website. You are now visiting the Oldest Black Organization in America. Our legacy started On March 6, 1775 when; Prince Hall and 14 men of color were made masons in Lodge No.441 of the Irish Registry attached to the 38th British Foot Infantry at Castle William Island in Boston Harbor. It marked the first time that men of color were made Mason in America. When the British Army left Boston in 1776, No 441, granted Prince Hall and his brethren authority to meet as African Lodge #1 (Under Dispensation). Finally on March 2, 1784, Prince Hall petitioned the Grand Lodge of England, through a Worshipful Master of a subordinate Lodge in London (William Moody of Brotherly Love Lodge No. 55) for a warrant or charter. It was granted on September 29, 1784! Captain Scott, brother-in-law of John Hancock delivered the warrant to Prince Hall personally on April 29, 1787.
Prince Hall died on December 4, 1807 and his remains are housed in Copp's Hill Cemetery in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1847, Out of respect for their founding father and first Grand Master, they changed their name to Prince Hall Grand Lodge, the name it carries today.
Two hundred and forty-five plus years later, Prince Hall's legacy as Freemason, a founding father, a Leader and first Black Grand Master has survived. There are now over forty-five hundred lodges worldwide, forming over forty-seven sovereign Jurisdictions with a membership of over three hundred Masons who can trace their origin to African Lodge No. 459 Boston, Massachusetts.
I am the seventy-first Most Worshipful Grand Master Of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction Of Massachusetts, carrying on the Legacy stated by Bro. Prince Hall so many years ago.
It is my hope that your visit here will be all that you anticipated and May The Great Architect Of the Universe continues to shower blessing upon you.
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge
The Honorable Yves-R. Maignan, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts, proclaims April 28, 2018 a day of celebration in honor of our first Most Worshipful Grand Master, Prince Hall and African Lodge No. 459 of Boston, Massachusetts.
|Grand Lodge Events Calendar 2018 - 2019|
|February 25, 2018||Black History Program||William E. Reed Auditorium||4:00 PM|
|April 28, 2018||Reopening African Lodge #459||MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge||10:00 AM|
|May 5, 2018||Grand Lodge Mid-Year Session||MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge||9:00 AM|
|May 28, 2018||Memorial Day Service||Copps Hill & PH Mystic Cemetery||10:00 AM|
|June 3, 2018||Scholarship & Award Program||William E. Reed Auditorium||8:00 PM|
|June 10, 2018||Prince Hall Family Day||Franklin Park||10:00AM - 5:00PM|
|June 24, 2018||St. John's Day Program||William E. Reed Auditorium||10:30 AM|
|July TBA, 2018||Lobsterfest||Bangor, ME||8:00 PM|
|July 28, 2018||Grand Lodge Boat Ride||Rowes Wharf - Boston, MA||8:00 PM|
|September 9, 2018||Americanism Day Program||William E. Reed Auditorium||3:00 PM|
|September 22, 2018||Worshipful Master's Ball||William E. Reed Auditorium||6:00 PM|
|November 23, 2018||Grand Lodge Raffle||MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge||12:00 AM|
|November 23, 2018||Prince Hall Family Dance||William E. Reed Auditorium||9:00 PM|
|December 7, 2018||Grand Lodge of Sorrow||William E. Reed Auditorium||8:00 PM|
|December 7,8,9, 2018||Grand Lodge Annual Communication||MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge||8:00 AM|
|December 26, 2018||Grand Lodge Resumption||MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge||7:00 PM|
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