Black and white Masonic groups officially recognize each other


Milton ‘Toby’ Fitch, left, and David Cash sign the resolution officially recognizing each other’s Masonic organizations, putting an end to 138 years of disregard. Members of the black lodge had voted for recognition four years ago. Members of the white lodge agreed in September. Photo by Jason Arthurs

News Observer | Nov 22, 2008

State’s two Masonic groups join

By Richard Stradling

RALEIGH – Members of the state’s two Masonic organizations — one black, one white — ended 138 years of mutual disregard Friday by signing a resolution recognizing each other as brother Masons.

The resolution, signed near the end of a nearly two-hour ceremony full of formality and speeches, ended a vestige of the segregation era, during which the two groups — one white, the other black — spent decades following the ancient tenets and teachings of freemasonry while each pretended the other didn’t exist.

“Today’s a historic day, because we’re here to say we’re brothers again,” said David Cash, a Methodist minister from Kannapolis and grand master of the white group, the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina.

Cash and his counterpart, Milton “Toby” Fitch Jr. of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina and Its Jurisdictions, signed the document in the old House chambers of the State Capitol. They sat at a table where North Carolina’s resolution to secede from the Union was signed 148 years ago.

Both Prince Hall and AF&AM Masonic groups carry on the traditions of a fraternity founded by building craftsmen in medieval Europe. The state’s AF&AM organization was founded in 1787, though some of the individual lodges date back earlier. The state’s Prince Hall group was founded in 1870.

Pomp and pride

Despite shared roots and goals, their members did not officially recognize each other as Masons until Friday.

“We are of the same family,” said Dan Blue Jr., a Prince Hall Mason and state legislator from Raleigh. “This is an opportunity to complete a circle.”

The ceremony, which had the feel of a peace treaty signing, was years in the making.

Members of the Prince Hall Masons unanimously passed a resolution recognizing their white counterparts as true Masons at their annual meeting in 2004. But a similar resolution failed several years in a row at AF&AM meetings, despite impassioned pleas from the group’s leaders.

This year, in September, it passed 642-328, leading to Friday’s gathering, which filled not only the old House chamber but also the old Senate, where the overflow watched on a big-screen TV.

Membership in the larger, white lodge has fallen from 73,000 at its peak in 1981 to less than 50,000, even as the state’s population has soared. But Friday’s ceremony was a reminder of the devotion of many Masons to the organization and the influential people it attracts. U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge led the pledge of allegiance, and former state Supreme Court justices Henry Frye and James Exum Jr. also spoke.

The resolution signed Friday does not merge the groups in any way, but it should lead to cooperation between them.

Cash, the AF&AM grand master, said representatives of the two groups are meeting to work out visitation issues and protocol. For example, he noted, Prince Hall Masons have a dress code, while the AF&AM does not.

“They are a little bit more formal,” he said.

That formality was on display Friday, as Prince Hall members in particular wore colorful aprons around their waists and medallions around their necks. A color guard of Prince Hall Masons with epaulets on their shoulders, two rows of buttons down their chests and hats covered with white feathers lined the aisle of the old House chamber with raised swords as officers from the two organizations filed in.

Earlier this fall, Fitch and the Prince Hall Masons made Cash an honorary member. Friday, Cash returned the gesture, reading a framed resolution with a preacher’s shout in his voice before the two men embraced before a shower of flashbulbs and a standing ovation.


7 responses to “Black and white Masonic groups officially recognize each other

  1. Pingback: Black and white Masonic groups officially recognize each other | Illuminati Conspiracy Archive Blog

  2. In the field of genetics, researchers have concluded that the genetic differences between the SO-CALLED RACES races account for ONLY 0.012% of human biological variation. The term race is so meaningless it ought to be discarded.


  3. True enough, but the elite believe they possess special genes that give them the right to rule over us all. That is the reason they instituted a Masonic Matrix system to control every institution on Earth such as the US government and the UN. Of course they also control black institutions like the NAACP (Kwesei Mfune is a mason), the Boule, Rastafarians, and on and on. Blacks with royal genes like Barack O’Bilderberg, who is a descendant of King William of Scotland and Charlemagne, get special preference for rulership.

  4. PJwalker:
    Also, if you look closely at Barak’s campaign logo you’ll notice he is a mason. Furthermore, I know a Prince Hall Mason and he told me it was they who pushed for barak’s presidency.
    I’m also speculating that it was the Prince Hall Masons that were behind the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac fiasco considering those banks/morgage loaning companies are controlled by the Prince Hall Masons.

  5. Yes, BoBoo9, the Masons (and their counterparts), control every aspect of the elections, every side of every debate practically except those few who still have some discernment left. The fluoride is working its magic on the general public who follow along with the Bread and Circus and that goes for Ron Paulites as well.

    Of course, Obama’s victory (which is only another victory for the aristocracy over the common folk, both black and white, etc) is a boon for Prince Hall and it is no mere coincidence that they are unifying with AF&AM, officially just as Obama is taking over. I believe they have always recognized each other and worked together behind the scenes, but only now coming out and unifying publicly. Same thing went on with the Templars and the Vatican. They were officially denounced, but secretly absolved because they were always on the same team. Only 700 yrs later, do we learn the truth. They just give the public one version of events and keep the reality to themselves until such time as it helps (or doesn’t hurt so much) their agenda to reveal the truth.

    I don’t know much about PH being behind FM&FM but if you have any info on that please pass it along.

    I do agree also about the logo. Some are suggesting it is a depiction of the binary system of Sirius, or similar to the Target logo as a solar symbol. Certainly, you can see the symbolism of the “dawn of light” of the sunrise, which is a very common symbol in Masonic corporate logos.

    I also show people that Jay-Z (big authorized hiphop artist) who will perform at the ignominious regurgitation

    Beyonce, Jay-Z and more set for celeb-soaked Barack Obama inauguration

    shares the Obama “O” symbol which is nothing but an Illuminati pyramid. See:

    Prodigy Says Jay-Z Sides With The ‘Evil Illuminati’

  6. Nation Builder

    You folks need to get a life.

  7. You need to grow yourself a brain. And grow up while yer at it there Nation Builder.

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