The information in this chart was prepared by Paul M. Bessel, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Leadership Center. Please contact me with any additional information, or any comments or suggestions.
The 41 (out of a total of 51 — 80%) U.S. Grand Lodges listed below have adopted resolutions that say Prince Hall Masonry is “regular.” Almost all of them (probably at least 39 of the 41) have adopted “full recognition,” in the same sense they recognize any other Grand Lodge, some have granted recognition to the extent of permitting intervisitation but not dual memberships (this is almost always requested by the Prince Hall Grand Lodges involved), and some have adopted resolutions recognizing a particular Prince Hall Grand Lodge subject to adoption of similar action by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge involved.
It should also be noted that several “predominately white” U.S. Grand Lodges have adopted “blanket” recognition resolutions, saying they automatically recognize every Prince Hall Grand Lodge that has or will be recognized by any of the other “mainstream” (predominately white) U.S. Grand Lodges. See http://bessel.org/masrec/phablanket.htm
There are 42 states (plus Washington DC) in the U.S. that have Prince Hall Grand Lodges (the other 10 states may have Prince Hall lodges, but they are chartered by a Prince Hall Grand Lodge of another state). Of these 41 U.S. states that have Prince Hall Grand Lodges, 30 (73%)have been recognized by the “predominately white” Grand Lodge in that state. (However, it is likely that only about half of Prince Hall masons live in states where their “predominately white” counterparts still have not recognized them.) These are:
On the following chart, when no date or citation to the Proceedings is shown, I am not aware of that information and would appreciate any assistance to find out.
Please note that there is a map at http://bessel.org/masrec/phamap.htm that graphically shows which “mainstream” Grand Lodges have recognized Prince Hall Masonry.
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