Masons cross the divide
Local black and white Freemasons recently gathered for their first official visitation, crossing a long-held racial divide.
Black Freemasons operate under the jurisdiction of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of N.C. Free & Accepted Masons, while white Freemasons are under jurisdiction of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of N.C. Ancient Free & Accept Masons, though both organizations trace their origins through charters to the mother lodge in England.
Lodges present during the meeting were Beacon Light Lodge No. 249, representing the Free & Accepted Masons, and Henderson Lodge No. 249, John H. Mills Lodge No. 624 of Epsom, Youngsville Lodge No. 377, Adoniram Lodge No. 149 and Oxford Lodge No 122, representing the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons.
The event was initiated by an invitation from Worshipful Mastor Lamont Noel of Beacon Light Lodge No. 249 to Worshipful Master Archie Coghill III of Henderson Lodge No. 229. Coghill accepted the invitation and requested the attendance of other local lodges.
During the visitation, the lodges discussed charities, fundraising and other civic activities.
The Beacon Light Lodge also presented the Henderson Lodge with a plaque representing friendship and brotherly love.
A dinner was prepared by Daniel Evans, Beacon Light’s treasurer and resident caterer.
Future visits between the lodges are in the works.