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Leading Black Masons & Eastern Stars

March 23, 2019 - May 10, 2019


Grand Historian: Gerald Urso
Curator: Adonnica Toler

Founded in 1870, this Black Masonic Grand Lodge has been
instrumental in providing black leaders since its inception. Noted
Grand Lodge members such as A.L. Lewis – Florida’s first Black
millionaire, Alexander Darnes – Jacksonville’s first Black physician, Henry B. Delaney – America’s first elected Black Episcopal Bishop, James Weldon Johnson – a lawyer and songwriter who wrote the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” , and a whole host of others who were civic leaders, lawyers, church leaders, business leaders and educators – have come through the doors of this historic Black Masonic Grand Lodge and changed the face of history.

This exhibit is the result of countless hours of research in the
Grand Lodge archives and other historic data by the Grand Lodge
Historian – noted author and historian Gerald Urso. This exhibit
will travel across the state of Florida.

We invite all to come and experience this rich yet relatively
obscure historic treasure about one of the most tumultuous
periods in American history - the Reconstruction to Jim Crow.
Learn about the black men and women who came from a very
influential African American Institutions in Jacksonville and
became some of the greatest Black leaders in our country.
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