About Us

The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Rhode Island Jurisdictions, Inc., is a fraternal organization dedicated to the ideal of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. Our fraternal organization takes good men, and builds and develops them to be better men. We dispense charity, promote good and solid family values, and endeavor significantly to aid in the uplifting of humanity.

The Master’s Station

Worshipful Master, Prince Reid, Jr

The greatest honor bestowed upon a brother within the Lodge comes when he ascends to this Office when he is elected by his Brothers as Master of the Lodge. Check here for the latest from the desk of our Worshipful Master, Prince Reid, Jr.

 

Prince Reid, Jr

Our History

The History of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple

On March 6, 1775, Prince Hall and 14 men of color were made masons in Lodge #441 of the Irish Registry attached to the 38th British Foot Infantry at Castle William Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. It marked the first time that Black men were made masons in America.

About a year later, since the conflict between England and America had commenced, the British Foot Infantry left Boston, along with its lodge, leaving Prince Hall and his associates without a lodge. Before the lodge left, Worshipful Master Batt, gave them a “permit” to meet as a lodge and bury their dead in manner and form. This permit, however, did not allow them to do any “masonic work” or to take in any new members.

On March 6, 1775, Prince Hall and 14 men of color were made masons in Lodge #441 of the Irish Registry attached to the 38th British Foot Infantry at Castle William Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. It marked the first time that Black men were made masons in America.

About a year later, since the conflict between England and America had commenced, the British Foot Infantry left Boston, along with its lodge, leaving Prince Hall and his associates without a lodge. Before the lodge left, Worshipful Master Batt, gave them a “permit” to meet as a lodge and bury their dead in manner and form. This permit, however, did not allow them to do any “masonic work” or to take in any new members.

Prince Hall

The Prince Hall Story

The Prince Hall Free & Accepted Masonry

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