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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Charitable Irish Society Participating in the Prince Hall Memorial Ceremony on Cambridge Common, May 15

Prince Hall, a Black leader during the American Revolutionary War, is being honored with a memorial on the Cambridge Common near Harvard Square on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.  Cambridge City Councillor Denise Simmons and other dignitaries are attending.

The Charitable Irish Society is attending the ceremony to lay a wreath in honor of Hall, who by most historical accounts was a freed slave of William Hall, an Irish leather maker who was the first recorded president of the Society in 1766.  The Society, formed in 1737, is the oldest Irish organization in the USA.

Prince Hall was a member of an Irish lodge of Freemansonry in 1775, and later that year formed African Lodge No. 1, the first lodge of black Free and Accepted Masons in the world.

The memorial was organized by the Prince Hall Memorial Foundation.

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