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.