On April 17, 1848 the building for True American Lodge #26 was erected but the charter was not received until May 3, 1848. True American was born in Cincinnati, Ohio before the Emancipation Proclamation, receiving its charter from the First independent African Lodge of Pennsylvania. After True American, along with two other lodges (Corinthian Lodge #16 and St. John's Lodge #27) established the Grand Lodge for the State of Ohio F&AM in 1849 they were re-designated as Corinthian Lodge #1, True American Lodge #2, and St. John's Lodge #3. These three lodges share the same location, and can be found at 817 Windham Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.
PRINCE HALL MYSTIC ARLINGTON CEMETARY
This is a historic cemetery where many Prince Hall Masons have chosen to be buried. The address is 42 Gardner St Arlington, MA 02474
Castle Williams Island (located in present day Boston Harbor) is the birthplace of Prince Hall Freemasonry. On Monday, March 6, 1775, Sgt. John Batt of the 38th Foot Regiment, as WM of the Irish Lodge, initiated into Lodge #441 fifteen Black men now known as "The Immortal 15." These men were raised to sublime degree of Master Mason with limited rights. They could organize and were shortly thereafter granted the right to march in funeral processions, but had not yet received the right to initiate new members. They would not earn that right until they successfully petitioned in September 1784.