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Prince Hall Masons in Virginia

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. Prince Hall Masons in Virginia Marker
Inscription. In March 1775, a Masonic lodge attached to the British army initiated Prince Hall and 14 other free black men as Freemasons in Massachusetts. Meeting provisionally as African Lodge No. 1, the black Freemasons gained full privileges in 1787 when they organized African Lodge No. 459 under a charter from the Grand Lodge of England. The first affiliated lodge in Virginia was established in Alexandria in Feb. 1845. After the Civil War, two rival Grand Lodges operated in Virginia. On 15 Dec. 1875, these two Grand Lodges met at First Baptist Church-Harrison Street in Petersburg and united to form the present-day Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, Free and Accepted Masons, Inc.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA-37.)
 
Location. 37° 13.424′ N, 77° 24.226′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Harrison Street south of College Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 Harrison St, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peabody High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weddell-McCabe-Chisholm House
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By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. Prince Hall Masons in Virginia Marker
(about 500 feet away); Lincoln In Petersburg (about 600 feet away); Bishop Payne Divinity School (about 600 feet away); McKenney House (about 700 feet away); McKenney Library (about 700 feet away); Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia (about 700 feet away); Poplar Lawn (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
3. Prince Hall Masons in Virginia Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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