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26 Feb 2016

Prince Hall Masons celebrate 200 years

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February 26, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Sheriff Jewell Williams (c) stands with his brother Prince Hall Masons at the last Veterans Day holiday parade.  (Photo: Sheriff’s Dept.)

The 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Prince Hall Masons proved to be an outstanding affair that showcased the organization at it’s best, and it’s members, 700 strong, came out in style and dignity for the occasion.

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The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge celebrated their 200th Anniversary on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Springfield Country Club. -  (Photo / H Michael Hammie)

The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge celebrated their 200th Anniversary on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Springfield Country Club. –
(Photo / H Michael Hammie)

“This is an evening to remember,” said Most Worshipful Grandmaster Joseph B. Jefferson as he surveyed the crowd of Prince Hall Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star (its sister organization), and a host of family and supporters.

“We came together to celebrate a milestone in our history that will never happen again,” added Jefferson, “and we did it in a way I’m sure would make the founders proud we are on the path to another 200 years”.

Sheriff Williams with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Sam Staten Sr., and Jeff Brown, CEO Brown Family ShopRite Stores.

Sheriff Williams with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Sam Staten Sr., and Jeff Brown, CEO Brown Family ShopRite Stores.

“This (banquet) was absolutely amazing,” exclaimed Deputy Grand Master Malcolm Harris.  “The show of support and enthusiasm for the event is validation that the Prince Hall Masons continue to be a vital and vibrant part of the community, as well as a part of American history that is alive, and stronger than ever”.

Sheriff Jewell Williams with (from his left) Grand Master Malcolm Harris, Worshipful Grand Master Joseph Jefferson, Past Grand Master Leonard Heard, and Worshipful Master Robert Jackson.

Sheriff Jewell Williams with (from his left) Grand Master Malcolm Harris, Worshipful Grand Master Joseph Jefferson, Past Grand Master Leonard Heard, and Worshipful Master Robert Jackson.

The black and white affair, held at the Springfield Country Club, brought out the best in fashion and form as the men looked regal in their tuxedoes and the women, their gowns adorned with corsages donated by Jewell Williams, the Director of Government Affairs for the Prince Hall Masons.

“It was my pleasure,” said Williams.  “Seeing the smiles, the camaraderie, the pride, the love and the fellowship was only enhanced by the flowers.  It couldn’t have been worn by a better group of women”.

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