Black Ma­sons cel­e­brate 131 years in Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - Local news - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­

Lo­cal black Ma­sons cel­e­brated their 131st an­niver­sary in Cov­ing­ton Satur­day, and Mayor Kim Carter pro­claimed June 25, 2011, as Friend­ship Lodge 20 Day.

Friend­ship Lodge 20 was char­tered in 1880 and is part of The Most Wor­ship­ful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ge­or­gia Ju­ris­dic­tion. Prince Hall is hailed as the founder of black Ma­sonry.

The lodge has met at 7150 Geiger St. since 1972 and is an oft-used gather­ing place for sev­eral groups in Cov­ing­ton. The 40 mem­bers of Friend­ship Lodge 20 seek to serve their im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer work and char­i­ta­ble events, such as an Easter egg hunt and an­nu­ally do­nat­ing bas­kets to wi­d­ows and or­phans, said cur­rent Wor­ship­ful Mas­ter Dar­rin Wright.

The Ma­sons also have a youth group, the Knights of Pythago­ras, where they work on char­ac­ter build­ing with 15 young men in the com­mu­nity.

In or­der to join the lodge, a per­son must pe­ti­tion one of the cur­rent mem­bers. Learn more at friend­ship­ma­sons. com.

Gabriel Khouli/the Cov­ing­ton News

Past wor­ship­ful mas­ters were hon­ored for their ser­vice to the Ma­sons and Cov­ing­ton. They were given a trowel, which is sym­bolic of broth­erly love. (Left to Right) Ed­ward Smith, Richard Wil­liams, Eb­bie Syphoe, Fredrick John­son, Archie Shep­herd. (Not pic­tured: Bruce Mil­li­gan)

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