All Men Free and Brethren: Prince Hall and Black Freemasonry

THU, SEP 10, 2015 (53:39)

The evening, presented by MAAH, the National Park Service Boston African American National HIstoric Site, and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachsetts, features two of its leaders joined by the co-editors of All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry to present powerful stories of black Freemasons and their impact on the making of America.

+ BIO: Reuben Meade

Reuben Meade is a retired politician from Montserrat who served as the island’s first Premier between 2010 and 2014. He previously served as Chief Minister between 1996 and 1999 and 2009 to 2010. A member of the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP), he previously led the now-defunct National Progressive Party.

+ BIO: Leslie Lewis

Leslie A. Lewis is 66th Grand Master of Masons, of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Jurisdiction of Massachusetts. In addition, he wrote the foreword to the book, _All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry_.

+ BIO: Peter Hinks

PETER HINKS earned his Ph.D. in American history from Yale University in 1993. He has taught at Yale University, Bennington College, Grinnell College, and Hamilton College. He is the author of the award-winning book, To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren: David Walker and the Problem of Antebellum Slave Resistance. He works professionally in public history and has recently co-curated the new exhibit at the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, “Intimate Strangers: Slavery and Freedom in Fairfield County, 1700-1850.” Dr. Hinks is the senior historian for a major exhibit on slavery and its demise in New York City, “Africans in New York, 1620-1865,” which opened at the New York Historical Society in October 2005. With the late Professor John Blassingame and Professor Jack McKivigan, he co-edited Frederick Douglass’ first two autobiographies, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and My Bondage and My Freedom. [Source:]

+ BIO: Stephen Kantrowitz

Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, co-editor of All Men Free and Brethren… and author of several books, including, More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829–1889.

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