CELEBRATING 100 YEARS—Mike Ralston, Herbert Hart and Dwayne Hart. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)
by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor
A charter was granted on Sept. 29, 1784 under the name of African Lodge No. 459 and delivered on April 29, 1787. Prince Hall was named the first Master of the Lodge which was formed one week later on May 6, 1787. This charter is the most prized and significant document known to be Prince Hall Masonic Fraternity, through its Masonic Fraternity, through its Masonic legitimacy among Black men. This charter is believed to be the only original charter issued from the Grand Lodge of England, still in the possession of any lodge in the United States (Black or White).
Golden Gate Lodge No. 33 was founded on Dec. 8, 1919. John W. Arnold was the first Worshipful Master. A page in the program book signed by Junior Warden DeWayne C. Hart Sr. welcomed guests, Brothers, OES Sisters and Grand Lodge Officers to the centennial celebration held at the Green Oaks Country Club on Aug. 10. Nearly 200 attended the black tie celebration.
On this beautiful evening in the eastern suburbs with Past Master David A. Jones as master of ceremonies, Golden Gate No. 33 honored: Douglas Connor Sr., James Davis, Willie Dillard, Cary D. Heard, Michael Mays, LaRon Nance and Derek White Sr. Also on this evening Timothy J. Cager (No. 117) was made an honorary member of Golden Gate Lodge No. 33.
After an evening of recognition guests enjoyed dessert and dancing.
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