On this day in 1775 Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were initiated into the British military lodge No. 441 of the Masons at Fort Independence, MA.

A leather dresser and caterer Prince Hall went on to serve in the American Revolutionary War and became an Abolitionist who lobbied for Educational rights for Black Children and initated the 1st “Back to Africa” Movement.

He was also Community activist who opened a school for Black children in his  home.