Prince Hall Freemasonry: Forming a Free African American Community

  • Charles Koronkowski

Abstract

Before the foundation of the Prince Hall Freemasonic Order, the free black population in the United States was lacking a community and group identity. Rather, there existed a disjointed group of individuals kept at a perpetual distance, both by societal pressures and by personal desire for status and advancement. Prince Hall Masonry instituted a framework for this population to grow together, form connections, and collectively interact with greater society. is paper will delineate what role this fraternal organization had in the formation of a free black community in early America. It will explore the institution’s foundation, its ideology and teachings, and its rituals and symbols. Aspects of the fraternal organization’s effect on the internal interactions and identity of the emerging community, and the community’s external interaction with white Masonic orders and the encompassing white society will be considered. The effect of Masonic doctrine on these group exchanges will also be thoroughly examined. 
Published
2016-07-08
How to Cite
KORONKOWSKI, Charles. Prince Hall Freemasonry: Forming a Free African American Community. Hinckley Journal of Politics, [S.l.], v. 17, july 2016. ISSN 2163-0798. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/HJP/article/view/2973>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2017.
Section
Student Papers

Keywords

Freemasonry; Prince Hall; African American Community