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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Grand Lodge of Florida Issues Statement on Prince Hall Recognition

The following official statement was issued by the Grand Lodge of Florida F&AM concerning Prince Hall recognition on their Facebook page at about 5:30PM on Wednesday, May 30th:

Prince Hall “Recognition” 189th Annual Grand Communication of The Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Florida
At the 189th Annual Grand Communication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Florida, the Craft voted overwhelmingly to “empower our Grand Master to sign an acceptable agreement extending “Recognition” to the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Florida, Belize, Central America & Jurisdiction, Incorporated, Prince Hall Affiliated”.
An exert [sic] of the REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 2017-2018 reads:
To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida
On April 18, 2018, M∴W∴ A.T. Stafford, PGM of Prince Hall reported that at their Grand Lodge session: “The Committee report was presented and well received. The Committee presented 3 wording samples of the recognition agreement; however, a decision on the one to be used was not reached. A vote on which agreement will be used will take place in 90 days at our mid-year meeting. The entire Craft was pleased the dialogue that has taken place, and all are looking forward to the agreement being finalized”
The Prince Hall mid-year meeting will take place in July.
Fraternal “Recognition” has not been extend, it is close, both Grand Masters, Grand Line Officers and Foreign Relations Committees are earnestly and diligently working to finalize extending “Recognition”.
Once a “Recognition Agreement” is finalized, notification will be distributed.


  1. Great news, and I hope more positive news follows quickly!

  2. W:. Michael J. Ovens
    This is a good thing and I am very pleased with this decision.

  3. This is a good thing and I am very proud of this decision.

    W:. Michael J Ovens,
    Worshipful Master
    Merritt Island Lodge No 353

  4. Long overdue, I would love to see this happen here in Florida and other states like Mississippi, Alabama etc.

    1. In November of 2017 the Grand Lodge of Alabama recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama and now their Grand Lodge has been recognized by UGLE.


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