During the middle age’s a distinguished group of Men were assembled to carry the work of making Good Men Better.

Throughout history, Masonic Scholars have expounded on the theory that the origins of Freemasonry were established by stonemasons between the late 1600’s and early 1700’s. During this era, Stonemasons were known to travel the world in search of work.

As a means of communication to determine a workman’s level of skill, a system of recognition was created. 

Stonemasons that held a higher level of knowledge were said to have established what is currently known Freemasonry. For a more informative perspective on the origins of Freemasonry, click the link below.

Prince Hall & African Lodge

After being denied admittance into what was then known as Colonial American Freemasonry, an abolitionist named Prince Hall and 14 others petitioned for initiation into British Army Lodge #441 of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. 

On March 6th, 1775, Prince Hall and his members were accepted and initiated into British Army Lodge #441. Although they were allowed acknowledged as members, their abilities were limited. During this time, Prince Hall and his members were only allowed to meet as a lodge and bury their deceased members with Masonic Rites. But surprisingly, they were not permitted to confer the degrees of Freemasonry upon any new members.

On July 3rd, 1776 with Prince Hall as their Worshipful Master, African Lodge #1 was formed. They were later granted permission under a dispensation to attend St. John’s Day, by the late Provincial Grand Master John Rowe.

Not having the ability to initiate new members would cause Prince Hall and his members to petition for membership into the Grand Lodge of England in 1784. They were accepted and granted a charter on September 29th, 1784. For more information on Prince Hall Freemasonry, click the link below.



The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama 

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Stillman Masonic Lodge #490

Stillman Masonic Lodge #490 was organized on January 27th, 1986 by the late and Honorable S.J. Bennett, Past Grand Master of the State of Alabama. The late and Honorable J.B. Weir, then District Deputy of District 15, in association with the Honorable A. J. Richardson, then County Deputy of District 15 and Past Master Raymond Stevenson assisted in establishing Stillman Masonic Lodge. 

The lodge operated under a “UD” distinction until an official number, “#490” was provided. Our official charter was grated on July, 21st of 1987.

Stillman Masonic Lodge #490 began with 15 members.

R. Stevenson

V. Spencer

D. Long

R. Cook

S. Davis

J. Eckford

R. Bradford

C. Haynes

J. Hilton

V. Brown

D. Neal

B. Walker

E. Ward

C. Williams

R. Williams

The membership increased to over 50 members when males from Stillman College and The University of Alabama joined Stillman Masonic Lodge #490. This strong foundation was held to a high standard by the dedicated members under the leadership of the following Past Masters.

  1. PM. Raymond Stevenson
  2. PM. Theodore Thomas
  3. PM. Vincent Brown
  4. PM. Anthony Byrd
  5. PM. Mitchell Edwards
  6. PM. Eric Owens
  7. PM. Aundrea Thomas
  8. PM. Marcellus Brown
  9. PM. Charles Dailey
  10. PM. Ronnie Eatmon
  11. PM. Galvin Church

If you are interested in becoming a member of Stillman Masonic Lodge #490, use the link below for more information.

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