The History of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM (1971-2011): The Fabric of Freemasonry is the fifth official installment on the history of this Grand Lodge. Although title denotes a specific scope of 1971 to 2011', the author David L. Gray begins this work as he began his last in 'Inside Prince Hall', by examining the early history of Prince Hall Freemasonry and Prince Hall the man before he enters into giving a historical sketch of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio from 1849 to 1970. Unique historical insights in this book include a long needed correction of Harold Van Buren Voorhis' assertion that in 1813 members of Hiram Lodge No. 3 of Rhode Island set sail for Liberia. In addition this book includes new information on the likely birth place of Prince Hall. Writing during a post-Civil Rights and post-Segregation period, the author gradually moves away from the racial tension that Charles H. Wesley found, in the last history book of this Grand Lodge, was most on the minds of Blacks. Gray finds that other social ills weighed heavier (as demonstrated in the allocutions of the Grand Masters) on the minds of the craft. Another theme new to this history is the emphasis on financial progress in the Grand Lodge, which was not a central focus of pre-Integration administrations. Concerning the title, a ‘fabric’ is the material that a seamstress makes things out of. In the instant case, Prince Hall Freemasonry in Ohio is what Freemasonry is made of – what it’s all about. That is to say that, she is the Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother of nearly every Prince Hall Grand Lodge to the north, west, and south of it, and she is a bright example of Masonic leadership and conservatorship throughout the world. She is the Fabric of Freemasonry. Every stitch in a garment may not be flawless, but when it all comes together it works perfectly and serves its created purpose. That’s the story and the history of Prince Hall Freemasonry in Ohio. Inclusive, Well-documented, Well-written, and full of interesting intersects that the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio had with society and other Grand Lodges; this book is must have for all students of Black American history, Masonic history, Ohio history, and fraternal history.
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