By Cécile Révauger
• Examines the letters of Prince corridor, mythical founding father of the 1st black lodge
• finds what percentage of the main influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century have been additionally Masons, together with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole
• Explores the origins of the Civil Rights circulation inside black Freemasonry and the jobs performed through Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois
When the 1st Masonic motels opened in Paris within the early 18th century their club integrated investors, retailers, musketeers, priests, and women--both white and black. This was once now not the case within the usa the place black Freemasons weren't eligible for club in latest motels. as a result the 1st legitimate constitution for an completely black lodge--the Prince corridor Grand inn of Massachusetts--was granted through the Grand hotel of britain instead of any American bankruptcy.
Through privileged entry to information saved by way of Grand inns, Masonic libraries, and museums in either the us and Europe, revered Freemasonry historian Cécile Révauger strains the historical past of black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia within the overdue 1700s throughout the Abolition flow and the Civil battle to the genesis of the Civil Rights circulation within the early 1900s up throughout the Sixties. She opens with a glance at Prince corridor, mythical founder and the selected namesake while black American resorts replaced from “African hotels” to “Prince corridor hotels” within the early 1800s. She unearths how the Masonic rules of mutual relief and charity have been extra seriously emphasised within the black hotels and particularly throughout the reconstruction interval following the Civil conflict. She explores the origins of the Civil Rights move inside black Freemasonry and the jobs performed via Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, founding father of the NAACP, between others.
Looking on the deep connections among jazz and Freemasonry, the writer unearths what number of the main influential jazz musicians of the 20 th century have been additionally Masons, together with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, and Paul Robeson. Unveiling the deeply social function on the middle of black Freemasonry, Révauger indicates how the black resorts have been instrumental in supporting American blacks go beyond the horrors of slavery and prejudice, in attaining better social prestige, and create their very own sturdy spiritually established social constitution, which in a few towns arose sooner than the institution of black churches.
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Black Freemasonry: From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz by Cécile Révauger