Officers of Friendship Lodge No. 84 and Oak Springs Lodge No. 41, Prince Hall Freemasonry, are pictured at the first meeting between members of the two local lodges. (Submitted photo/)(Courtesy of the Hagerstown Herald)
Oak Springs Lodge #41, Prince Hall, visited Friendship Lodge #84, Grand Lodge of Maryland, for the first time recently. The occasion was the conferring of the Master Mason Degree on new members of the State Shield and Square Club, Master Masons who are law enforcement officers at every level of government.
Grand Officers from The Grand Lodge of Maryland and The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland were in attendance with over seventy Masons from three states.
It has taken us a long time but we seem to be nearing a point of acceptance that hithertofore was impossible. I would like my home state of Texas to take note as recognition was declared there just recently but with the provision of no cross visitation, no socializing and no Masonic discourse (some recognition).
There is no reason that this cannot be repeated across the country. Once we bridge the gap in every state I think that we will find that Freemasonry in the USA will enjoy an even greater surge in membership than we are experiencing now.
Masonry by its tenets should have been leading the parade of racial reconciliation from the start. But it is not too late to show that peace and harmony can prevail if we work hard at it thereby proving that brotherhood is color blind.