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1000 U St NW

When the Master of Lodge No. 441, Irish Constitution, initiated Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men, Black Freemasonry was born. African Lodge No. 1 was organized on July 3, 1775 with Prince Hall as Worshipful Master. In 1825, a group of Master Masons petitioned the African Grand Lodge of North America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaia, for a warrant to work at Master's Lodge in the District of Columbia, which was duly chartered and constituted on June 6th. Listen to former and current official historians of the Lodge, Alonzo Tehuti Evans and James Morgan III, explaining the importance of the Lodge in the neighborhood, in these oral histories collected by Venus Amadi and Alandro Valdez.

Tehuti Alonzo Evans, "What makes Masons Unique"
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James Morgan III, "What Makes the Masons Strong"
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James Morgan III, "Importance of the Mason building"
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