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Recognition of Prince Hall Masonry in the United States



1 Connecticut Oct. 14, 1989 - 1990 Connecticut Proceedings, pages 27-31 and 128-129
reliably reported to be full recognition for all purposes with Connecticut, Arizona, California & Hawaii, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin

2 Nebraska Feb. 2, 1990 - 1990 Nebraska Proceedings, pages 94, 55, 83-84
reliably reported to be full recognition for all purposes: Nebraska, Alaska, Arizona, California & Hawaii, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin

It is reported that Nebraska has adopted a policy of automatically recognizing all Prince Hall Grand Lodges that are recognized by their corresponding "mainstream" or "predominately-white" Grand Lodge in the same jurisdicction.

3 Washington June 1990 - 1990 Washington Proceedings, pages 163-167; also 1995/1996 Washington Proceedings, pages 247-249
full recognition for all purposes: Washington, Oregon, Connecticut

4 Wisconsin June 10, 1990 - 1990 Wisconsin Proceedings, pages 86-87, 88-91
visitation: Wisconsin, Connecticut, Oregon

5 Colorado Jan. 28, 1991 - 1990 Colorado Proceedings, pages 127-135
visitation: Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas

6 Minnesota April 13, 1991 & April 8, 1995 - 1991 Minnesota Proceedings, pages 140, 141, 86-87, 75 and 1995 Minnesota Proceedings, pages 210, 111-112, 52
"full recognition...all the rights and privileges that accompany recognition between Regular Grand Lodges" Minnesota, Connecticut, Oregon, Wisconsin

7 North Dakota June 14, 1991 - 1991 North Dakota Proceedings, pages 88, 51
to be checked: full recognition is said to have been adopted in June 1998
full recognition: Minnesota (PH lodges in ND are chartered by the PH GL of Minnesota), Oregon, Wisconsin

8 Idaho Sept. 16, 1993 - 1993 Idaho Proceedings, pages 17-19 (also see 1991 Idaho Proceedings, pages 50-52) "grant full Masonic Recognition" Oregon, Washington, Connecticut (PH lodges in Idaho chartered by PH GL's of Oregon and Nevada)

9 California Oct. 19, 1994, modified Oct. 9, 1995 - 1994 California Proceedings, pages 388-92, and for 1996 at pages 369-370
1995 California Proceedings, pages 28, and 8-10, 27, 268-271, 426-428
Also see California Proceedings for 1992 at pages 382-6, for 1993 at pages 559-62
full recognition: California & Hawaii, Oregon

10 Massachusetts March 8,1995 - 1995 Massachusetts Proceedings, pages 31-32
reliably reported to be full recognition for all purposes: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin

11 Vermont June 14, 1995 - 1995 Vermont Proceedings, pages 89, 60-61
"full fraternal relations" Connecticut, Oregon

12 Wyoming Aug. 10, 1995 - 1995 Wyoming Proceedings, pages 121-123
"full and complete fraternal recognition" Colorado (PH lodges in Wyoming are chartered by the PH GL of Colorado)

13 Ohio Oct. 20, 1995 - 1995 Ohio Proceedings, page 91, 92, 36-38, 114-115
visitation: Ohio

14 Kansas 1994 Kansas Proceedings, page 108; 1995 Kansas Proceedings, pages 76-77; 1996 Kansas Proceedings, page 83
Reliably reported to be full recognition: Kansas

15 New Mexico Mar. 15, 1996 - 1996 New Mexico Proceedings, pages 43-44
"full Masonic recognition...including privileges of visitation and affiliation, and all other rights and privileges customarily incident to recognition." >New Mexico

16 Maine May 8, 1996 - 1996 Maine Proceedings, pages 1584-1586; also see 1998 Maine Proceedings, pages 351-352
appears to be full recognition: Connecticut and Massachusetts (PH lodge in Maine chartered by PH GL of Massachusetts)

17 New Hampshire May 18, 1996 - 1997 New Hampshire Proceedings, pages 147-148; and 1996 New Hampshire Proceedings, pages 157, 158
full recognition: Connecticut and Massachusetts (PH lodge in New Hampshire is chartered by the PH GL of Massachusetts)

18 Arizona May 21, 1996 - 1996 Arizona Proceedings, pages 139-140, and 135-137
recognition approved, and visitations are permitted by invitation, but no dual memberships, or transfers of membership: Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Massachusetts, Nevada

19 South Dakota June 21, 1996 - 1996 South Dakota Proceedings, pages 69-70, 78-79; also see 1995 South Dakota Proceedings, pages 57-58
no limit mentioned on recognition of PHA, so presumably full recognition for all purposes: Kansas (the PH lodge in S.D. is chartered by the PH GL of Kansas)

20 Hawaii Nov. 30, 1996 - 1996 Hawaii Proceedings, Resolutions, R97-2
no limit mentioned on recognition of PHA, so presumably full recognition for all purposes: California & Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, Pennsylvania
One brother reported that on April 29, 2005, the Grand Lodge of Hawaii extended "blanket" recognition to all Prince Hall Grand Lodges already recognized by their corresponding "mainstream" Grand Lodge. However, a high official of this Grand Lodge has told me this is not accurate, so this should not be accepted.

21 Utah Feb. 3, 1997 - 1997 Utah Proceedings, pages 137 and 103
Colorado (PH lodges in Utah are chartered by the PH GL's of Texas and Colorado)

22 Alaska May 10, 1997
full recognition of all the rights and privileges between Regular Grand Lodges: Alaska

23 Michigan May 30, 1997 - 1997 Michigan Proceedings, pages 67-68, 129-130
reliably reported to be full recognition: Michigan

24 Pennsylvania June 4, 1997 - 1997 Pennsylvania Proceedings, pages 12-13
intervisitation: Pennsylvania, Connecticut

25 Oregon June 6, 1997 - 1997 Oregon Proceedings, pages 147, 109-110, 131-132
no limit mentioned on recognition of PHA, so presumably full recognition for all purposes: Oregon, Washington

26 Illinois Oct. 10, 1997 - 1997 Illinois Proceedings, pages 71-72, and 31
recognition "same as for any foreign jurisdiction" Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon, Wisconsin

27 Indiana May 19, 1998 - 1998 Indiana Proceedings, pages 83-86
"full fraternal recognition" Indiana

28 Rhode Island Oct. 22, 1998 - 1997-1998 Rhode Island Proceedings, page 140
reliably reported to be full recognition for all purposes: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts

29 District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
May 12, 1999, Oct. 23, 1999, Dec. 11, 1999 - 1999 D.C. Grand Lodge Proceedings, pages 15-17, 50, 162
Nov. 4, 2000, Dec. 9, 2000
2000 D.C. Grand Lodge Proceedings, pages 43-45, 65-68, 105-107
Full recognition: District of Columbia, Connecticut, Colorado

On May 12, 2004, the Grand Lodge of Washington DC extended "blanket" recognition to all Prince Hall Grand Lodges already recognized, and those that will be recognized in the future, by the "mainstream" Grand Lodge for their state. See http://bessel.org/masrec/phablanket.htm for details and a complete copy of the resolution and its accompanying explanation.

30 Montana June 25-26, 1999 - 1999 Montana Proceedings, Pages 50 - 51
Full Masonic Recognition, including the privileges of visitation and affiliation, along with all other rights and privileges customarily granted upon recognition of another Grand Lodge by the Grand Lodge of Montana. This recognition is not intended to extend the jurisdiction of either Grand Lodge to the Lodges of the other, or to the Masons of the other, unless they are dual members.
Oregon (The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oregon, Inc., has jurisdiction over Prince Hall Lodges in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.)

31 Nevada Nov. 8, 1999 - 1999 Nevada Proceedings, Pages 57-62
"Full and complete Masonic recognition": Nevada

32 Iowa September 16, 2000
Full recognition: Iowa

33 New York May 7, 2001
Full recognition: New York, Connecticut, Colorado

34 Virginia Nov. 10, 2001 & Nov. 2003
Limited recognition (without visitation) was adopted in 2001. Full recognition, including visitation, was adopted in November 2003.

35 New Jersey April 25, 2002
Recognition was contingent on PH GL voting similar recognition, and visitation details to be worked out in the future. This was done.
In April 2004, the GL of NJ adopted a "blanket" recognition policy, where it recognizes all Prince Hall Grand Lodges that are recognized by the PH GL of NJ and "mainstream" Grand Lodges in the jurisdiction of those PH GLs.

36 Missouri September 23, 2002
Recognition voted on by the GL of MO on this date -- Recognition had previously been approved by the PH GL of MO

37 Maryland May 19, 2003
The Grand Lodge of Maryland, at its Semi-Annual meeting, voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland.
Sunday, April 10, 2005 At a joint ceremony witnessed by hundreds, the two Grand Masters signed a "Proclamation" certifying the mutual recognition, including intervisitations.

38 Oklahoma November 8, 2004
The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, subject to reciprocal action by the PH GL of OK. As of now, no intervisitations.

SUMMARY

     38 GL's have voted favorably toward recognition of Prince Hall Grand Lodges (75%)
     13 GL's have not yet done so (25%)

     Full recognition - 29 (I believe it is actually 36, but do not have documentation to prove that)
     Visitation only - 4 (I believe this category no longer exists, but I do not have documentation to prove that)
     Recognition without visitation yet - 2 (I believe this is now only 1, but am not certain of that)
     The rest are unclear or mixed

Information obtained from http://www.bessel.org

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