Historic Masonic Lodge in Detroit Added to National Register | Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) — A Masonic lodge in Detroit has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of its contributions to the civil rights movement.

The most venerable Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Detroit’s east side was added Wednesday to the National Park Service’s list of historic landmarks that the federal agency has been compiling since 1966, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Detroit pavilion now joins an extensive list of properties across the country deemed worthy of preservation.

The lodge was noted by the National Park Service for its contributions to the civil rights movement and the general experience of African Americans in 20th century Detroit.

The Masonic Lodge is one of more than a dozen statewide that are part of Prince Hall’s Most Revered Grand Lodge Network of Free and Accepted Masons.

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Prince Hall was a Boston abolitionist and community leader who founded Prince Hall Freemasonry.

Freemasonry is a predominantly secular organization with a social network that spans the world. While some of the group’s practices are hidden from the public, many efforts are focused on community service and leadership.

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