Frequently Asked Questions
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Once described as "a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols," Freemasonry is now generally defined as "an organized fraternity of men symbolically applying the principles of Operative Masonry and Architecture to the Science and Art of Character Building."
The fraternity is comprised of men of good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education, and opinion. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.
The fraternity enhances and strengthens the character of the individual man by “Making Good Men Better,” providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
How do I become a Prince Hall Freemason?
One of the ancient landmarks of the fraternity is that it does not solicit new members. A man must seek Masonic membership of his own free will and accord. To become a Mason you need only “ask”, meet the qualifications, and be accepted by the Lodge of which you are petitioning.
The qualifications to join a lodge vary from one jurisdiction to another, but some basic qualifications are common to all regular Masonic lodges:
• Belief in a Supreme Being that promotes peace, love, and harmony towards all mankind
• Seek Masonic membership of your own free will and accord
• Be a man
• Be free-born*
• Be of lawful age (18 years of age in Maryland)
• Be well recommended by at least two existing Freemasons from the lodge you’re petitioning
* The term “free-born” is a holdover from the days when slavery, indentured servitude, and bonding were common. It means that a man must be his own master, and not be bound to another man. This is not a present-day issue, but the language is retained because of its antiquity and a desire to retain the heritage of the fraternity.
If you are interested in learning more about our fraternity, or inquiring about petitioning the fraternity through King Solomon Lodge. No 7 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When does King Solomon Lodge No. 7 meet?
King Solomon Lodge No. 7 meets for regular communication on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 8:00 PM.
Are there any famous Prince Hall Freemasons
Yes. Prince Hall Freemasonry has exerted a strong influence within the black community throughout history. The list of famous Prince Hall Masons is a long one, and includes the following men listed below amongst many others.
• Bro. Garrett A. Morgan, Sr. - Inventor of the Traffic Light
• Bro. Richard Allen - Founder of the A.M.E. Church
• Bro. Marion Barry - Former Mayor of Washington, DC
• Bro. William "Count" Basie - Orchestra Leader/Composer
• Bro. Nathaniel "Nat King" Cole - Singer
• Bro. Ossie Davis - Actor/Director/Playwright
• Bro. W.E.B. DuBois - Educator/Author/Historian
• Bro. Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington - Orchestra Leader/Composer
• Bro. Medgar Wiley Evers - Civil Rights Leader
• Bro. Alex Haley - Author
• Bro. William C. Handy - Composer
• Bro. Matthew Henson - Explorer
• Bro. Benjamin L. Hooks - Former Executive Director of the NAACP
• Bro. Jesse Jackson - Founder of the Rainbow Coalition and Operation Push
• Bro. Maynard Jackson - First Black Mayor of Atlanta
• Bro. John H. Johnson - Publisher of Ebony and Jet Magazines
• Bro. Jack Johnson - First Black heavyweight Boxing Champion in the US
• Bro. Absalom Jones - First Black Priest in the Episcopal Church in the US
• Bro. Don King - Boxing Promotor
• Bro. Thurgood Marshall - First Black US Supreme Court Justice
• Bro. Benjamin E. Mays - Educator and Former President of Morehouse College
• Bro. Kweisi Mfume - Executive Director of the NAACP
• Bro. Shaquille O'Neal - Hall of Fame NBA Basketball Player
• Bro. Scottie Pippen - Hall of Fame NBA Basketball Player
• Bro. Richard Pryor - Comedian/Actor
• Bro. Alexander Pushkin - Poet/Novelist/Playwright
• Bro. A. Philip Randolph - Founder of the International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
• Bro. Charles Rangel - US Congressman
• Bro. "Sugar" Ray Robinson - Former Boxing Champion
• Bro. Rev. Al Sharpton - Civil Rights Advocate
• Bro. Booker T. Washington - Educator and Founder of the Tuskegee University/Institute
• Bro. Bert Williams - Actor/Comedian
• Bro. Andrew Young - Former Mayor of Atlanta and UN Ambassador
• Bro. Lawrence Douglass Wilder - First Black Governor of Virginia.
• Bro. Dr. Charles H. Wesley – Renowned Historian/Educator/Minister/Author