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Dec 11, 2023

Finding Our Fathers: Prince Hall Freemasonry, Fraternalism & Genealogy (Webinar)

Harry A. Williamson (standing, far right) and five fellow members of the Carthaginian Lodge no. 47 | Born October 25, 1875

This webinar explored a niche in an often overlooked part of African American history – a history that can bear unique fruit for African American genealogists. James Morgan III discussed the historical importance of African American Fraternal organizational history and their records, and how these organizations capability to create a more complete historical narrative of African American ancestors and their communities.

With a specific emphasis on the history of the Prince Hall African American Masonic order and radiating emphasis on other similar groups, this webinar highlighted some of the narrative history that affected how African American communities functioned as well as how the modern-day family historian can tap into this wealth of material to enrich the family narratives which they are already in the process of reconstructing.