Prince Hall established the African Lodge of the Honorable Society of Free and Accepted #Masons
in 1775. It was the first lodge of black Freemasons in the world. The lodge received a permanent charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784. The secret #fraternity
, which still exists, promoted brotherly love and social, political, and economic improvement for its members. Hall arrived in Boston in 1765 and was a slave for William Hall. He was freed in 1770, shortly after the #BostonMassacre
, and worked at a variety of jobs, including as a #leather
worker for the Boston Regiment of Artillery. He was one of a few black men who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Hall became a #minister
in the African #Methodist #Episcopal
Church and advocated black rights and the abolition of slavery. He opened a school for black children in his home. #BlackHistory #everyday #365 #AfricanAmerican #History