Prince Hall Masonry
were established in Florida in 1870. It is a direct appendage entity of
the original body of Negro Masons, established in the United States on
March 6, 1775, in Boston, Massachusetts by Prince Hall and fourteen other
free men of African decent. The charting authority of African Lodge #1,
is that of all other Ancient and Free Masonic bodies in the United States,
is the Grand Lodge of England.
Find out more about The Most Worshipful
Prince Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Our Headquarters (The Masonic
Temple) is located at 410 Broad Street, Jacksonville, Florida. It was constructed
in 1912; and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as
of September 22, 1980).
In light of the rigid segregation laws of that period, which inhibited
opportunities for black citizens, the concept for the building was a bold
one. It would house office space and stores and would serve as a meeting
center for the as a meeting center for the black community. It took over
ten years to raise the funds to start construction. Various affiliated
organizations such as the Ladies of the Eastern Star, the Holy Royal Arch
Masons, the Heroines of Jericho, and the Knights Templar, as well as the
National Negro Businessman’s League, helped with the fund raising drive.
Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on September 18, 1912, for the five-story,
reinforced-concrete, and brick building at the northwest corner of Broad
and Duval Streets.
Each horizontal level is embellished with a different series of abstract
ornament, including a row of Masonic symbols below the fifth-floor windows.
These decorations are variously made of brick, terra-cotta, and pressed
metal, and they are visually linked together by the dominant vertical piers.
An ornamental metal cornice caps the compositions.
The building was designed as a multi-use structure: the first floor
contains retail space; the second and third floor are office space; and
the two upper floors are occupied by the Masonic organization. Black dentists,
physicians, insurance agents, and other professionals were among its early
occupants. Jacksonville’s first black-owned bank, the Anderson Bank, was
located here. The Most Worshipful Grand Union Lodge has continuously maintained
it headquarters in the building, which has long been a source of pride
among black citizens. The 1926 Negro Blue Book described it is "
. . . one of the finest buildings owned by Negroes in the world. "
Since April 1998 we have had
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The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida & Belize, Central America
F&AM Prince Hall Affiliated
Will convene its annual Grand Session on Monday, April 19th at
9:00 a.m. at the Grand Lodge Building on 410 Broad Street in Jacksonville, FL.
All members of the MWUGL are asked to attend.
For more information please
contact me or your local lodge.
Please feel free to vist some of the lodges and other organizations
associated with the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida.
PHGL stands for Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
There is a great deal of information available about Masonry and
Prince Hall Masonry.
The Grand Lodge Bookstore On-Line is open and ready for business.
If you wish you may call the Grand Lodge Bookstore at (904) 354-2368 for up-to-date pricing.
The MWUGL is a family composed of many different organizations.
Cooperation between all the our higher houses is very important. We would
now like to introduce the Grand officers of our Masonic Family.
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