Item #List2410 Laminated Tintype Portrait of an African-American Man with the Prince Hall Freemasons Insignia, c. 1910s. African-Americana - Prince Hall Freemasonry - Photography.

Laminated Tintype Portrait of an African-American Man with the Prince Hall Freemasons Insignia, c. 1910s.

American: 1900-1910s. Tintype measuring 8 x 6 inches with an African-American portrait, laminated at borders with a decorative frame with the insignia of the Prince Hall Masons. Some chips to lamination at corners, very good. Very Good. Item #List2410

An interesting portrait of an African-American man with a decorative masonic border bearing the distinctive shape of the Prince Hall Masons emblem. Prince Hall Freemasonry stands as the earliest officially recognized and consistently operational organization established by individuals of African descent. Its inception occurred on March 6, 1775, when Prince Hall (ca. 1748-1807), a proponent of abolition and a civil rights activist, alongside fourteen other free black individuals, underwent initiation into freemasonry. They established African Lodge No. 1 on July 3, 1775. In 1784, a formal request for a charter was submitted to the Grand Lodge of England, and upon approval, African Lodge No. 1 was redesignated as African Lodge No. 459 in Boston, Massachusetts. By the time this picture was taken, there were numerous lodges, making the exact location or identity of the sitter unknown.

Price: $375.00