TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME, GREETINGS:
Whereas, on the sixth day of March, A.D. 1775, A.L. 5775, in a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, under the direction of J.B. Batt, Worshipful Master, and attached in a Regiment of the British Army, under General Gaize, at or near the City of Boston in the Province of Massachusetts, the following persons of African descent, to wit: Prince Hall, Cyrus Gonbus, Buesten Slinger, Thomas Sanderson, Prince Tayden, Cato Sprain, Boston Smith, Peter Best, Fortin Howard, Prince Rees, John Canten, Peter Freeman, Benj. Tiber, Duff Buform, Richard Tilley, were initiated, passed and then raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in due and ancient form.
Whereas, on the second day of March, A.D. 1784, A.L. 5784, the aforementioned brethren did make application to the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) for a warrant of Constitution.
Whereas, on the twenty-ninth day of September, A.D. 1784, A.L.5784, the aforementioned petition was received: the prayer granted and a Warrant of Constitution issued to the above named brethren under the name or title of “African Lodge” and number “459” upon the Register of the Grand Lodge (Moderns) of England, designating Prince Hall as Worshipful Master, Boston Smith as Senior Warden and Thomas Sanderson as Junior Warden, conveying to them all the rights and privileges of a duly constituted Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and to hold at the city of Boston, in Massachusetts.
Whereas, on the twenty-seventh day of January, A.D. 1791, A.L.5791, by command of the Grand Master with Brother Lord Rawdone acting Grand Master, presiding, the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) did nominate, ordain, constitute and appoint the aforementioned Prince Hall, “a Provincial Grand Master of North America and Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging.”
Whereas, on the twenty-fourth day of July, A.D. 1808, A.L.5808, at a General Assembly of the said “African Grand Lodge”, Brother Nero Prince, Deputy Grand Master, presiding, the name or title of the aforesaid “African Grand Lodge” was changed to “Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts”, in memory of the late Most Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Prince Hall, who died December 7th, A.D. 1807, A.L.5807, and
Whereas, in the year A.D. 1826, A.L. 5826, the aforementioned “Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts”, under Most Worshipful Samuel F. Moody, Grand Master, did constitute “Celestial Lodge, No.2, Rising Sun Lodge, No.3, and Hiram Lodge, No.4” each to hold in the city of New York, state of New York and
Whereas, on the fourteenth day of March A.D. 1845, A.L.5845, at a General Assembly of the Craft, held in the city of New York, the aforesaid Lodges, to wit: “Boyer, No.1, Celestial, No.2, Rising Sun, No.3 and Hiram, No.4” by the assumption of powers, duties and responsibilities, did establish and constitute themselves into a Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the state of New York and territory thereunto belonging, under the name of title of the “Boyer Grand Lodge of New York”, with Paul Drayton, Grand Master; Brother James Barnett, Senior Grand Warden; Brother Alexander Elston, Junior Grand warden; Brother C.G. Boyer Sr., Grand Treasurer; and Brother Lewis Hayden, Grand Secretary, and
Whereas, on the thirteenth day of October A.D. 1848, A.L. 5848, at a General Assembly of the Craft held in the city of New York, the aforesaid “Boyer Grand Lodge” did re-organize the Free Masons of African descent in the state of New York, under the name or title of the “United Grand Lodge of New York” with Brother James Barnett, Grand Master; Brother Jacob Gibbs, Deputy Grand Master; Brother Alexander Elston, Senior Grand Warden; Brother Arnold Ricks, Junior Grand Warden; Brother Charles Hooten, Grand Treasurer; and Brother Jacob Francis, Grand Secretary; and
Whereas, on the twenty-seventh day of December A.D. 1877, A.L.5077, at a General Assembly of the Craft held at Shiloh Church in the city of New York the “Grand Lodge for the State of New York” (National Compact) and descendant from the “Boyer Grand Lodge of New York”, with the aforesaid “United Grand Lodge of New York”, did Consolidate into one grand body under the name or title of “ The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York”, with Brother John Chase, Grand Master, (Compact); Brother Alfred T. Aldridge, Deputy Grand Master, (United); Brother H. McDougall, Senior Grand Warden, (United); Brother George W. A. Murray, Junior Grand Warden, (Compact); Brother J.A.Tromer, Grand Treasurer, (United); and Brother William A. Tollbert, grand Secretary, (Compact); and
Whereas, on the fifth day of June A.D. 1919, A.L.5919, at the Seventy-fourth general Assembly of the Craft held in the Mother A.M.E. Zion church in the city of New York, the aforesaid Grand Lodge did decree the words “Prince Hall” shall forever follow immediately after its adopted name or title and does by virtue of these presents,
Therefore, know ye, that we the aforesaid Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity, Prince Hall, of Free and Accepted Masons, of the state of New York, invested with full power and authority over all the Craft, and the Court of Appeal in all Masonic cases arising under its jurisdiction, do hereby authorize and empower or trusty and well beloved Brethren Frank F. Giles, Jr. Worshipful Master, Clarence J. Holland Senior Warden, and Robert S. Taylor Junior Warden, to open and hold a Lodge by the name of African Lodge Four Fifty Nine to be designated in our Register as number 63. The said Lodge to be opened and held in the City of Brooklyn, county of Kings, state of New York; and we do likewise authorize and empower our said Brethren Frank F. Giles, Jr., Clarence J. Holland, Robert S. Taylor to enter, pass, and raise Freemasons, according in the most ancient custom and usage of the craft, in all ages and nations throughout the world, and not otherwise; and we do further empower the said Frank F. Giles, Clarence J. Holland, Robert S. Taylor, and their successors in office, to hear all singular matters and things related to the Craft, within the jurisdiction of the said Lodge; and lastly, we do further authorize, empower and direct our said trusty and well beloved Brethren Frank F. Giles Jr., Clarence J. Holland,Robert S. Taylor,
To install their successors in office, after being elected and chosen; to invest them with all the powers and dignities of their office respectively belonging and to deliver to them this warrant of constitution; and such successors shall, in like manner from time to time install their successors, and proceed in the premises as above directed, such election and installation to be upon or immediately preceding St. John the Evangelist Day, twenty-seventh of December, during the continuance of the said Lodge forever, provided always, that the above named brethren and their successors do pay, and cause to be paid, due respect and obedience to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, Prince Hall, of the state of New York, aforesaid, and to the By-Laws, Rules Regulations and Edicts thereof: otherwise this Warrant or Constitution shall be of no further force nor virtue.
Therefore, this Warrant is issued by us, at this date, under the hands of our Grand Officers and Seal of our grand Lodge in the city of New York, this Twenty-first day of July A.D.1922, A.L.5922.
David W. Pacert MWGM
James A. Arzurrd RWJGW
Joseph Sullivan RWSGW
Arthur A. Schomberg RWG SEC.