Prince Hall Masons Rhode Island
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The Brothers of Prince Hall Grand Lodge host a variety of social and charitable events geared at strengthening and uplifting our local communities. Check here for the latest on news and events happening atPrince Hall Grand Lodge
Learn about the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage in the face of overwhelming odds provide the backbone of this nation’s economic and social growth. PREMIERES APRIL 23 AT 8:00 PM ON PBS Check...read more
New Chapter Established in Historic Region known for Departing Slave Ships to North American Shores As we mark of the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States in 2019, a new grand lodge was recently established in Cotonou, West Africa. Many North...read more
BROTHER SAMMY VAUGHN Prince Hall Masons of Rhode Island’s In 1989, Brother Sammy Vaughn, was installed on June 30, 1991 as Senior Pastor of St. James Baptist church. Under Brother Vaughn’s Leadership, the church accomplishments included the formation of a Bible Study...read more
Making A Difference in Our Community
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
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Once described as "a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols," Freemasonry is now generally defined as "an organized fraternity of men symbolically applying the principles of Operative Masonry and Architecture to the Science and Art of Character Building."
What does Prince Hall Affiliation/Prince Hall Affiliated mean?
Prince Hall Affiliation/Prince Hall Affiliated (PHA) is the designation given to the predominately African-American branch of Freemasonry descendant from African Lodge No. 1, officially chartered by the United Grand Lodge of England as African Lodge No. 459 on May 6, 1787. Today, the Prince Hall Affiliated Masonic Fraternity has over 4,500 lodges worldwide, forming 49 independent jurisdictions, consisting of nearly 400,000 Masons.
What’s New at Prince Hall Lodge No. 3
The ACACIA CLUB in the lower level is in the process of being remodeled. Come by on Wednesday evenings for a Live Jazz in the Acacia Club. 7:30 p.m. - 11:00
Who was Prince Hall?
Prince Hall, one of Boston's most prominent citizens during the revolutionary period, was the founder of the African Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Boston, the world's first lodge of black Freemasons and the first African-American society in American History devoted to social, political, and economic improvement. As such, Prince Hall is recognized as the Father of Black Freemasonry in the United States.
How do I become a Prince Hall Freemason?
One of the ancient landmarks of the fraternity is that it does not solicit new members. A man must seek Masonic membership of his own free will and accord. To become a Mason you need only “ask”, meet the qualifications, and be accepted by the Lodge of which you are petitioning.
What are the qualifications to join a lodge?
They vary from one jurisdiction to another, but some basic qualifications are common to all regular Masonic lodges:
Belief in a Supreme Being that promotes peace, love, and harmony towards all mankind.
Famous Prince Hall Masons of R.I
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MWGM Clarence R. Snead Jr.
My name is Clarence R. Snead Jr. I am graduate of Grambling State University with Bachelors Degree in Business Management in May of 1985. In September entered Rhode Island State Police Training Academy graduated in January 1987. Had an outstanding career where I spent time 4 years as Road Trooper investigating Criminal Behavior and Crimes. Eleven years spent in Commercial Enforcement Unit inspecting trucks and Auditing Company records. The final Ten years of my Career in the Court System Prosecuting Cases for the State during my tenure opened S&S Trucking, LLC dba Safety Standards in April 2004. In September 2011, I retired from Rhode Island State Police and now serve as Chief Executive Officer of my Business. Positions held in Prince Hall Masonic Temple, Past Master of Celestial #2, Past Commander In Chief Mt Sinai Consistory #12, several positions held in the Prince Hall Grand Lodge such as Marshal, Treasurer, Grand Junior Warden, Grand Senior Warden and now I am the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the State of Rhode Island. I give all glory and honor to the Grand Architect of the Universe!
PHMRI Latest Events
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Doors open at 6:00pm
Live Jazz with Leland Baker & Friends
7:00pm – 11:00PM
Throwback Thursday’s with DJ Kyman
9:00pm – 1:30AM
Just Got Paid Friday’s with DJ RSON
9:00pm – 1:30AM
Jam with DJ RSON
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