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Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows:
The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America,
200 Years of Endurance

by Alton G. Roundtree and Paul M. Bessel
Foreword by S. Brent Morris

Published and available for sale by KLR Publishing, Forestville MD

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ISBN 0-9772385-0-4
Hardcover, with dust jacket
486 pages, including appendices
$29.95 plus shipping and handling


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In the words of Michael Poll, a well-known moderator of masonic email groups and past master of his lodge in New Orleans:

“I received a copy of Out of the Shadows yesterday afternoon and spent most of the evening looking it over. What a great book! As you would expect, a history of Prince Hall Masonry is given, but this book is so filed with information and details that it can be viewed as of encyclopedia value. Not only is the story told, but chart after chart and document after document is offered to clearly present Prince Hall Masonry and the events leading up to and beyond recognition. This is clearly a “must have” book for both the serious researcher or those with just an interested in the events. Bravo, Bros. Roundtree and Bessel”

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In the words of S. Brent Morris, a well-known masonic scholar:

“*Out of the Shadows* provides detailed references, so that when a question arises of when or where something was said about Prince Hall regularity, scholars will refer to ‘Roundtree and Bessel.'”

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From the publisher:

Out of the Shadows: The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America is the most comprehensive book about Prince Hall freemasonry and its relations with other branches of masonry, as well as the society around it from the 1700’s through the present time. It tells the story of how Prince Hall masonry began and developed, but it has so much more in addition.

• There are newly-discovered details about PHO, the national organization of Prince Hall masonry that developed in the 1800s but that has since come to be viewed by “mainstream” Prince Hall masons as “bogus.” Is it? This book presents the whole story objectively.

• Some masons today may be surprised at some of the ways in which “mainstream” masonry viewed African Americans in the past. This book presents the facts, with citations, to put this subject in its proper perspective.

• The subject of masonic recognition by grand lodges can be very confusing, yet this book explains it step by step, including details about the movement that grew among grand lodges in the 1990s to have mutual recognition with Prince Hall Grand Lodge

And many more subjects about Prince Hall masonry, including just about everything anyone could want to know about it and its relations with other “mainstream” grand lodges and others. The book includes many tables and other appendices that support and supplement the contents of the book.

Out of the Shadows: The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America is the book that should be on the shelf of every masonic library and individual mason as the most encyclopedic reference source available anywhere about Prince Hall masonry, “mainstream” masonry’s recognition policies towards it, and past and current views and actions about mutual recognition and race in general.

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