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U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

1000 U Street, NW

 
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
1. Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia Marker
Inscription.  The first African Masonic order south of the Mason-Dixon line was founded in the District of Columbia in 1825. Social Lodge No. 7, as it was known, combined with two other lodges in 1848 to form the Union Grand Lodge. Later, the name was changed to honor Prince Hall, a Revolutionary War veteran who in 1784 obtained permission from Grand Lodge of Ancients in England to establish a "Lodge of Free Negroes" in Boston. This building, designed by Albert I. Cassell and built between 1922 and 1930, has been an important social and cultural center. In addition to the Masons, it has housed a bowling alley, ballroom and restaurant.

Caption:
Initiation ceremony at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, 1956.


 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 55.012′ N, 77° 1.569′ W. Marker is in U Street Corridor, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker
"Masonic Temple" - northeast cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
2. "Masonic Temple" - northeast cornerstone
can be reached from U Street Northwest west of Vermont Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling east. The marker is on the building's east wall, facing the adjacent African American Civil War Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 U Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African American Civil War Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "We had everything we needed right here." (within shouting distance of this marker); Sailors / With Freedom Came the Greater YOU (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneers / With Freedom Came Their Community (about 300 feet away); Evans-Tibbs House (about 300 feet away); Musicians / With Freedom Came Their Businesses (about 300 feet away); Artillery / With Freedom Came Their Cultural Icons (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
 
Also see . . .  MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC. (Submitted on May 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: African AmericansFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings
 
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 5, 2008
3. Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
African American Civil War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
4. African American Civil War Memorial
Masonic Temple building is seen in upper right of photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,899 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 5, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on May 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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