(Charleston, SC) — The International African American Museum (IAAM) is pleased to announce the upcoming commemoration of The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge (MWPHGL) of South Carolina Day on Sunday, December 17, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This significant event marks the 155th annual session of the MWPHGL, an organization with a rich history dating back to 1868. The MWPHGL has played a vital role in fostering positive change within the community through its commitment to faith-based, economic, and political engagement.
The day’s festivities will commence with a service at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church, followed by a symbolic parade from Mother Emanuel to the International African American Museum located at 14 Wharfside Street, Charleston, S.C. The parade, starting at 12:30 p.m., will traverse a route from Calhoun Street to Concord Street, then onto Inspection Street, culminating at Wharfside Street.
The MWPHGL’s dedication to community improvement has been evident throughout its history, as they actively contributed to the establishment of African-American churches, schools, and businesses. From the 1940s through the civil rights era, the Masons were instrumental in funding various social justice campaigns.
Under the leadership of the Most Worshipful Grand Master Victor C. Major, the MWPHGL continues its mission, guided by the theme “Bridging the Gap of the Past, with an Eye on our Future, while Protecting our Brand.” This event offers an opportunity for the community to engage with and appreciate the enduring impact of the MWPHGL.
Charleston is the home of the first five Masonic lodges established in South Carolina. One of the earliest known Masonic lodges began with African American military men during the Civil War on Morris Island here. We’re honored to recognize the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of South Carolina and their work promoting fellowship, charity, and personal development in the state.Dr. Aurelio Givens, IAAM Faith Based Engagement and Education Manager
For more information about the event, please visit iaamuseum.org/events/