Last week in Washington, D.C., protesters pulled down and burned the statute of Confederate General and leading light of Freemasonry, Albert Pike of Alabama. Those rioting vandals who knocked Albert Pike off of his pedestal probably have no idea of exactly how big a racist they had toppled. Due to Masonic racism, Black people had to become Freemasons in Ireland. Prince Hall Freemasonry was created out of necessity by American Blacks because they were denied initiation into White lodges by Albert Pike and other racist American’s. Will today’s Freemasons somehow right the wrongs of the past? What could we possibly do, retroactively grant a Grand Lodge of California charter to every Price Hall Lodge? What about Albert Pike’s beloved Scottish Rite? How will Scottish Rite Freemasonry atone for the racism of Albert Pike?
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST – October 30, 2017: Pike was commissioned as a Confederate Army brigadier general but his wartime career lasted less than two years; his men were accused of scalping Union troops, and he was eventually forced to resign. He received a reprieve from President Andrew Johnson and moved to Washington, where he died in 1891.
Prince Hall Freemasonry Chartered by Grand Lodge of Ireland
When Blacks were prohibited from joining Colonial American Masonry they requested and were initiated into Freemasonry through Lodge No. 441 of the Grand Lodge of Ireland on March 6, 1775. Confederate General and leading figure in Freemasonry, Albert Pike, was vehemently against initiating Blacks into Freemasonry.
Confederate General and Masonic Author Albert Pike Was Racist
FROM WIKIPEDIA: “When men wished to become Masons in the new nation the existing members of the Lodge had to vote unanimously to accept the petitioner. If any one white member voted against a black petitioner that person would be rejected. In a letter by General Albert Pike to his brother in 1875 he said, “I am not inclined to mettle in the matter. I took my obligations to white men, not to Negroes. When I have to accept Negroes as brothers or leave Masonry, I shall leave it.” Masonic and Grand Lodges generally excluded African Americans. Since the votes were anonymous, it was impossible to identify the member who had voted against accepting a black member. The effect was the black men who had legitimately been made Masons in integrated jurisdictions could be rejected. Racial segregation existed until the 1960s.”