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This volume is dedicated io my wife BLANCHE G WILLIAMSON ‘whose encouragement and inestimable assistance in both reseateh and the transcribing of notes bave made it pos- sible for me to bring to light interesting and valuable data about Prince Hall Breemasonry which for geners- tions bad been inaccessible to students of the subject in Copp’s Hill Cemetery at Boston, Mass., and a Jarge monument has been ezected to his memory and upon regular occasion the various grand bodies through- out the country make a pilgrimage thereto THE PRINCE HALL PRIMER, (Bewhe was Prince Hall? ‘He was the son of Thomas Prince Hall an Englishman, a leather merchant, whose wife was a free Negro woman of to middle of the eighteenth century, sectling in the City of Bos- in the Massachusetts Colony. (wnat do you know about Prince Hells career as 4 citi- ~ zen of Boston? He took a very prominent part in both the ra civic affairs of the Negroes us and colony. in fact, such re~ ports as are extant indicate him co have been the recognized leader of his race upon numerous and important occas (2). 3—What was Prince Hall's occupation? f K 4—Montion at least one of Hall ‘he made application to the Committee for Safety ‘This has never been di in due course of time he became a minister of the gospel, ving been identified with the Methodist Church, It is initely determined but is presumed Anown that at times he followed catering, civic activities, for permission to zecruit some of the slaves in the colony for the Revolutionary Army. 5—Was the request granted? \. ¢ declared that none but “free men” could be enlisted af soldiers (3). 6—Did that decision indicate that Prince Hall himself was a slave? No. He defini belonged to that group of colored citizens YC in Boston who were designated as "free Negcoes,” 5