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20th Anniversary of First Inter-Visitation

November 9, 2015 marked the twentieth anniversary of the visit of Brethren from Pride of Ohio Lodge No. 80, Prince Hall, to Frank H. Marquis Lodge No. 690 in Mansfield. This was the first visitation between lodges under the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio and the Grand Lodge of Ohio, F.&A.M., which had just established mutual recognition in October of 1995. Right Worshipful Brethren, Michael Cecil, then a D.D.G.M. of the 20th Masonic District, and Robert Young, District Grand Lecturer of the 5th Prince Hall District, coordinated the groundbreaking event. “It was unchartered territory back in 1995, but we made it happen.  It was a great experience for all who attended,” explained Cecil. “It’s hard to believe that twenty years have already passed.” The Grand Lodge of Ohio was established in 1808. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge was established in 1849 due to the racial segregation of the day. In 1995, after one hundred and forty six years, members of both Grand Lodges voted to officially recognize one another as lawful Masonic organizations and to practice the universality taught in their shared rituals.

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