At a recent meeting something came in the mail for me from African Lodge #459 under the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Massachusetts.
African Lodge #459 is the oldest Prince Hall lodge in the world, from Boston Massachusetts where Prince Hall himself was master.
Before opening my mail I proceeded to give a PowerPoint presentation giving an overview of Prince Hall Freemasonry. You can find those slides here.
I opened it and found a bicentennial medallion..
A copy of African Lodge’s original charter from the Premier Grand Lodge of England (which is the only original charter still in existence issued to any American lodge by the Grand Lodge of England)..
And a certificate of affiliation along with a dues card.
I am now a full fledged Prince Hall Mason, “entitled to all the rights and privileges incumbent upon such membership”.
And rightly proud to be so.