Prince Hall Grand Lodge was established in 1797 and was Philadelphia's first African American Masonic Lodge. It originated under the watchful eye of the Worshipful Master Absalom Jones, Sr., Warden Richard Allen and First Treasurer James Forten. The first black fraternal order in the city was The African Lodge of Free Masons, organized under the charter of the Reverend Prince Hall. Other lodges soon followed. Prince Hall's original location was on Lombard Street in Old City, between Fifth and Sixth.
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