PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated this weekend to commemorate the founding of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, an African American Freemasons lodge that dates back to 1875.
The city of Alexandria saw the founding of the first affiliated lodge in Virginia in 1845. Following the Civil War, two rival Grand Lodges operated in Virginia. But on December 15, 1875, “these two Grand Lodges met at First Baptist Church—Harrison Street in Petersburg and united to form the present-day Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, Free and Accepted Masons, Inc.,” the marker reads.
The dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at the marker’s location in front of First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison Street, in Petersburg. The event is open to the public.