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Star Lodge #1 / Old Stone House
Prince Hall was well known as the father of Black Freemasonry in America. After Hall, and 14 other black men were not allowed entrance to the white Masonic Lodge in Massachusetts, he became the founder of the first black Masonic Lodge in Boston, which opened in 1787. It became known as the African Grand Lodge of North America. After he started a movement named, "The Prince Hall Freemasonry Movement". This movement has led to 4,500 lodges all over the world, today.
The Property of the Old Stone, also known as the "Locke House", holds a lot of history. It was a place of entertainment, once a home, and also once a print shop, it contains a lot of African American history. It is called the Locke House because the home was built by John Locke in 1795, from Charles Washington, brother of George Washington.
The building was sold to the Star Lodge Number 1, Queen of the Valley Lodge Number 1558, in 1927, hence the name of the Stare Lodge Number 1.
Today, it is used for the African-American Culture and Heritage Festival, to remind locals on the history the city holds.
Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
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