Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of Washington, D.C.
Display of Historic Relics – Speeches – Music and Singing
Signing of Papers signifying Mutual Recognition
with Prince Hall Masonry in Washington, D.C.
All of the photographs on this webpage were taken on September 11, 2000, at the House of the Temple of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, in Washington, D.C.
Federal Lodge #1, FAAM, of Washington, D.C., held a meeting to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Washington, D.C., and the role of Freemasons such as George Washington in the founding of the capital city.
Several Masonic lodges were invited to attend, and bring their relics about George Washington for an historic display in the atrium of the House of the Temple.
Then, Federal Lodge opened its meeting in the upstairs Lodge room, and then recessed to allow the public to enter for a special program.
The Army Chorus sang, the magnificent organ was played, and several speeches were delivered on the topic of the evening — the founding of Washington, D.C., and the role of Freemasons in that event.
Then, Grand Master Mansour Hatefi, of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, welcomed Grand Master Willie Henry Griffin and others from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, and the two Grand Masters signed a “proclamation” that mutual recognition existed between them, and guidelines for visitations among their brethren. They both then spoke brotherhood and mutual recognition.
Labor was resumed, and the Lodge was closed.