King David Lodge, No. 24, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Collection

1901-1909, undated
Manuscript Collection #966
King David Lodge No. 24 (Prince Hall) Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Kinston, North Carolina
Physical description
0.1 Cubic Feet, 5 items , financial documents and ephemera
Preferred Citation
King David Lodge, No. 24, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Collection (#966), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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F.W. Fisher's ledger 1901- 1909 of receipts, expenses, dues, and officer's reports of King's David Lodge No. 24 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Kinston, Lenoir County, North Carolina, United States. Anonymous Donor.

Biographical/historical information

King David Lodge No. 24 is an African American (Prince Hall) Masonic Lodge located in Kinston, NC. Listed officers of Lodge No. 24 for 1901-1909 include John Suggs, Spencer Smith, F.J. Jones, G.O. Morine, G. Bell, Mac Harris, Dr. C.H. Bynum, S.f., J.G. Bariton, J.O. Clark, R.C. Creech, L.J. Milican and F.I. Jones. Unfortunately, at this time, we have no complete history of the lodge. According to online sources the lodge still exists today.

Prince Hall is considered the founder of Black Masonry in the United States. Though concrete details do not exist, it is believed Hall was born in Barbados in 1748. Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men were initiated into Lodge # 441, Irish Constitution, attached to the 38th Regiment of Foot, British Army Garrisoned at Castle Williams (now Fort Independence) Boston Harbor on March 6, 1775. When the British Army left Boston, Hall and his brethren were granted authority to meet as a lodge, to go in procession on Saints John Day, and as a lodge to bury their dead. However, they could not confer degrees, and were not allowed perform any other Masonic activities. These members possessed these limited privileges for the next nine years. After petitioning the Grand Lodge of England for a charter, one was finally granted on September 29, 1784, under the name of African Lodge, # 459 on the register of the Grand Lodge of England by authority of then Grand Master, the Duke of Cumberland, delivered in Boston on April 29, 1787, by Captain James Scott, brother-in-law of John Hancock and Master of the Neptune. Prince Hall was appointed Grand Master, serving in this capacity until his death in 1807. In 1946, the Grand Lodge of England again extended recognition to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge but withdrew it the same year. In 1994, the Grand Lodge of England finally accepted a petition for recognition by Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Currently, there are over 4,500 Prince Hall lodges worldwide, consisting of over 300,000 members.


Scope and arrangement

The collection consists of Secretary F. W. Fisher's handwritten financial ledger and documents the membership of King David Lodge No. 24, a Prince Hall Masonic lodge in Kinston, NC. It records monthly dues paid from 1901-1905 (pgs 2-28). It also includes less detailed accounts of member's dues scattered between a few blank pages. The dues roll of members for each year range from 38 to 58 members, and also available are balancing figures for cash in hand of the treasurer to be deposited. Also included are four other related items inside the ledger. One of these items is a small ledger book (printed by C.F. Claytons Print, Tarboro, NC) entitled "Returns to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina" containing the names of all 60 lodge members. This book also identifies names of recently inducted masons, suspended and expelled members, those that have recently died, Masons recently moved to the area and non-members attending meetings. Also included in the ledger is a handwritten receipt from F.W Fisher's store documenting a purchase of canned corn beef, a dues card for member Theodore Brown, and a portion of a report (torn) documenting a collection of 50 cents from "I.O. order of Giddings."

Administrative information
Custodial History

October 23, 2003, 6 items, 0.1 cubic feet; Financial Secretary W. W. Fisher's ledger (1901-1909, 1919) of receipts, expenses, dues, officers reports, and election returns of King David Lodge No. 24, A. F. & A. M. [Ancient Free and Accepted Masons], Kinston, Lenoir County, NC. Donor: Anonymous

Source of acquisition

Anonymous gift

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, March 26, 2008

Processed by: Brandon Zimmerman, April 2008 Dale Sauter 2008

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Corporate Names
Freemasons. King David Lodge No. 24 (Kinston, North Carolina)
African American men--North Carolina--Kinston
Freemasonry--North Carolina--Kinston
Freemasons--North Carolina--Kinston

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1 Ledger of financial transactions by King David Lodge No. 24 (Prince Hall) Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Kinston, NC. Roll call and all receipts paid, 1901-1909. 1 vol. 185 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 3 Receipt from business of W.F. Fisher describing a purchase of food for the lodge, undated. 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 4 Membership dues card of Theodore Brown, 1909. 1 item. 1 p
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Portion of report (torn) documenting a collection of 50 cents from "I.O. order of Giddings, 1909. 1 item