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Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A.

 
 
Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2013
1. Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A. Marker


Inscription. The roots of African-American Masonry in this country can be traced to the period of the American Revolution, when founder Prince Hall and others established the first Masonic Lodge for men of color in Boston, Massachusetts. By the early 19th century organizational growth had extended to the port cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington. where residents of southern Delaware who were engaged in maritime and other commercial occupations were exposed to the Masonic Order. In March 1852, a group of 15 men from Milton area met at the home of Lott Purnell for the purpose of organizing a local Lodge. On April 1, 1853, Rising Sun Lodge #4, Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation, recieved its charter. After meeting at various locations since its organization, the Lodge formerly occupied the present building in 1934. Constructed as a Presbyterian Church in the 1830s, the structure had been converted for use as a public school in 1876. It was used as such until 1892, when it was conveyed to the trustees of Union Methodist Episcopal Church. Sale of the property to the Lodge was completed in 1939. Today, the members of Rising Sun Lodge #4 continue to follow the traditional Masonic precepts of Brotherhood, Charity, and Truth, in service to the community.
 
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Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A. and Marker on Chesnut Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2013
2. Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A. and Marker on Chesnut Street
Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-215.)
 
Location. 38° 46.273′ N, 75° 18.756′ W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Chestnut Street (State Road 249) near Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goshen United Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F. (approx. mile away); St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Goshen Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Governor Joseph Maull Carey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Governor James Ponder (approx. 0.4 miles away); Milton Fire Department, Inc. (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Milton.
 
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