posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 02:47 PM
Originally posted by Ruffy
A friend of mine, who is just a regualar person, said that there were Black Masons who were different from other masons. Is this true?
Technically, no. The first black Mason was a freeborn Englishman named Prince Hall, who became a Master Mason in a British Lodge. He later received a
Charter to open a Lodge in the US, and initiated a large number of African-Americans, as well as several black Englishmen.
After several years, the Grand Lodge of England dropped this Lodge from its roll because it had ceased to pay dues. In reality, the Prince Hall lodge
had declared itself sovereign and independent. Eventually, the Prince Hall faction chartered Grand Lodges in all 50 states, and they still remain in
Today, blacks compose the majority of Prince Hall Lodges, while whites compose the majority of "mainstream" Lodges. However, race is not an issue,
and a black man can join mainstream Masonry, just as a white man may join Prince Hall. It's completely up to the individual. In most states, the
mainstream Grand Lodge and Prince Hall Grand Lodge recognize each other, and allow intervisitation.