Prince Hall: uma Maçonaria Desconhecida (William Carvalho, 33º)

PRINCE HALL

I INTRODUÇÃO

A idéia de fazer um trabalho sobre a maçonaria Prince Hall, ou seja a maçonaria dos negros dos EEUU, tem por objetivo informar à comunidade maçônica brasileira sobre uma maçonaria pujante que por longos anos tem sido escamoteada, em termos de informação, ao mundo maçônico brasileiro.

Se o Brasil se propõe a ser uma potência maçônica deve ter o cuidado de se informar sobre o que se passa no resto do mundo e parar de repetir acriticamente o que lhe é ofertado pelos sistemas de divulgação maçônicos internacionais.

O presente trabalho busca trazer à tona a figura histórica e a legenda do primeiro maçom negro dos Estados Unidos, e talvez do Hemisfério Ocidental, chamado Prince Hall, que deu origem à maçonaria dos negros norte-americanos.

Busca, a seguir, relatar as dificuldades da Obediência Prince Hall nos Estado Unidos e a tentativa de formar uma Grande Loja Nacional Prince Hall.

Relata o que denominei de pérolas maçônicas, ou seja as instruções normativas da maçonaria branca em negar reconhecimento à sua congênere negra, num bestialógico digno dos tempos mais obscurantistas da história universal.

Termina propondo um repto para que se estude mais a fundo este importante ramo da maçonaria universal, visto que o Brasil, pela sua população negra não pode viver só da versão do homem branco. Concomitantemente, busca extrair lições estratégicas sobre o que se passa no mundo da alta política.

Como surgiu a idéia de escrever algo sobre a maçonaria Prince Hall? Na minha última viagem a Nova Iorque comprei um pequeno livro sobre a maçonaria Prince Hall[1] que li com grande prazer, pois, no Brasil, sempre que desejei informar-me sobre a maçonaria negra nos Estados Unidos, encontrava uma barreira devido à inexistência de bibliografia apropriada.

O autor, um militar negro chamado Joseph A.Walkes, tornous-e mestre maçom em 1965 na Loja Cecil A.Ellis nº 110, na base militar norte-americana de Karlrude, na Alemanha Ocidental, que trabalhava sob a jurisdição da Grande Loja Prince Hall de Maryland. É, ainda, membro honorário da Loja Militar da Zona do Canal nº 174 no canal do Panamá. Atualmente, pertence aos quadros da Loja Rei Salomão nº 15 de Forte Leonard Wood no Estado de Missouri. Foi editor da revista Masonic Light e, atualmente, edita a revista News Quaterly do Supremo Conselho Unido 33º da Jurisdição Sul (PHA) nos Estados Unidos.

Com este Ir.’. negro, informei-me sobre o básico, da ótica negra evidentemente, da maçonaria Prince Hall nos Estados Unidos. O presente trabalho segue, em linhas gerais, as pegadas de Walkes. Aprendi, por exemplo, que ao lado do tronco da maçonaria branca, que ele chama de maçonaria caucasiana, existe um frondoso galho, chamado Prince Hall. Este galho e este tronco estão em constante estado de guerra, surda ou aberta, até os dias de hoje.

O resto aqui: http://omalhete.blogspot.com/2016/02/prince-hall-uma-maconaria-desconhecida.html 

Freemasonry seen by others

FREEMASONRY: an international organization whose principles are embodied in SYMBOLS and ALLEGORIES connected with the art of building and involving an oath of secrecy. The origins of the movement probably lie in twelfth-century Europe. There are two major divisions: the Old Charges which date 1390 and 1400; and The Masonic Word, which is a Scottish institution of obscure origin. From the eighteenth century there developed “Speculative Masonry” or modern FREEMASONRY. The GrandLodge was
formed in 1717 to co-ordinate other Lodges. The origins of most Masonic ceremonies are obscure and probably date to the seventeenth century. The movement places considerable
emphasis on social welfare activities and claims to be based on the fundamentals of all religions. In the eighteenth century, it was closely associated with DEISM and even today a general deistic ethos generally prevails modified by the incorporation of religious symbols derived from ASSYRIAN and EGYPTIAN BELIEFS. The CHURCH OF ENGLAND, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH and many EVANGELICAL denominations have condemned FREEMASONRY as UN-CHRISTIAN. Recently various sensational journalists have published exposes claiming that it is a closed club which often breaks the law to promote the interests of its members. Such claims are, of course, hotly denied by Masons.
(From theChurchStEdmunds by Irving Hexman).

Why Freemasonry?

Why are so many men joining Free Masons?

Freemasonry is a voluntary, fraternal organization, composed of men of good will, good character and good reputation, whom in most jurisdictions around the world, believe in an Almighty Creator and practice the spirit of universal brotherhood to man.

They are loyal to their country and devote their time to the principles of friendship and fellowship.  Their focus is to be of service to all mankind.

For many men, Freemasonry fulfills a part of themselves that they intrinsically felt was missing.  Whether it be the social, the philosophical, the spiritual, the historical or simply a sense of community with others; you will find within Freemasonry that part of you which you seek.

If I become a Free Mason, what is their Mission?

Free Masons help to build a better world through a unique and worthy process of building better men to live in it.  The Free Mason Motto is:  Better men make a better world.

What principles will I learn?

You will learn to practice brotherly love for all, charitable relief for those who may be in need, morality and good citizenship in every community.

What type of fraternal society is Free Masonry?

Freemasonry acts as a charitable, fraternal, educational, social and character-building society.

Masonic Fraternity:

Masonry’s active ideal is the brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of God.

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There are rituals, but it’s not a religion

They have secrets, but they’re not all that mysterious. There are rituals, but it’s not a religion.

That’s what the men of the Maryville Masonic Lodge at 1622 N. Main St. want people to know.

However, according to member Mike Thompson, Freemasonry is a way of life full of opportunities for spiritual experiences and personal growth.

Thompson, a former Maryville mayor, is currently the Maryville lodge’s treasurer. He got into the organization while researching his family’s history. Everywhere he looked, he found more Freemasons.

http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/news/article_2c915340-bfb2-11e5-8823-2b6df02ac5a3.html

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Buildings…

REoomEvery building in San Francisco is full of secrets, but there are perhaps none with quite as many as the Van Ness street staple better known now as the Regency Center. The four-story complex located at 1290 Sutter Street was built in 1909, and is covered with detailed but subtle images, each paying homage to Freemason iconography of all origins.

Originally constructed as a multi-purpose structure with a Freemason Lodge on a higher floor, the interior boasts ornate plaster moulding, thoughtfully designed tile work, and gorgeous decorative features.

http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Regency-Ballroom-history-freemasons-6790950.php