Shaw in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
1000 U Street, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —
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.
Initiation ceremony at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, 1956.
DC Historic Site
Cultural Tourism DC
Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.012′ N, 77° 1.569′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from U Street, NW Touch for map. The marker is on the building's east wall, facing the adjacent African American Civil War Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 U Street, NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (a few steps from this marker); African American Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); We had everything we needed right here (within shouting distance of this marker); Industrial Bank of Washington (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Howard University Sets the Standard (about 500 feet away); The True Reformer Building (about 600 feet away); Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson (about 700 feet away); Ben's Chili Bowl / Minnehaha Theater (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
Also see . . . MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC. (Submitted on May 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
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