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Accession number A2003.032
Collection Grand Lodge of Iowa Small Collection
Title Grand Lodge of Iowa programs
Catalog Number A2003.032
Object Name Program
Credit line Collection of the AAMI
Dates of Creation 1948-1974
Access Conditions Open for research
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content A array of programs from the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1948-1974.
Biographical History In 1775 the first Grand Lodge was instituted in what is today Boston. There were several African American freemasons in the United States, but they had no masonic lodges. At a time of much racial prejudice African Americans were attracted to freemasonry because it "knows no creed, religion, social condition, nor color." Late in the 18th century the United Grand Lodge of England instructed 14 African Americans to form their own lodge, African Lodge no. 459. They then went on to form other lodges. In 1791 several of these lodges united and formed what is now the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. What began in Massachusetts spread to other states, and in 1866 Union Lodge no. 1 was instituted in Keokuk. Des Moines later received North Star Lodge no. 2 and in 1881 these and other lodges formed together to create the African Grand Lodge of Iowa. In 1884 another group of Prince Hall Lodges in Iowa came together and formed the Hiram Grand Lodge of Iowa. It was then that the first grandmaster, Alexander Clark, Sr. was elected. For three years the two Grand Lodges of Prince Hall Masons coexisted, but in 1887 the two united to form the United Grand Lodge of Iowa.
Subjects Fraternal lodges
Fraternal organizations
Search Terms Prince Hall Masons
Prince Hall Grand Lodge
Iowa Prince Hall
Fraternal lodges
Fraternal organizations
Grand Lodges
Classification Organizations & Clubs