Where was Prince Hall, the founder of the first lodge of African American Masons in North America, born?
Prince Hall was an African American born in 1738. Known as an abolitionist, he provided leadership to the free black community in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the founder of Prince Hall Freemasonry. It received its charter in 1784. The Masonic fraternity was attractive to some free blacks like Prince Hall because freemasonry was founded upon ideals of liberty, equality and peace.
In 1903 William H. Grimshaw in his book, "The Official History of Freemasonry Among the Colored People in North America", is credited with having been the first to assert that Prince Hall was born in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1748.