Building somewhat on yesterday’s first post theme, this image is of a neon sign that hangs on the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. and A. M. of Alabama, Temple Building, located at 1630 4th Avenue North. The building housed the Birmingham office for Atlanta Life as well as the Order of the Eastern Star; Atlanta Life’s sign still hangs on the building as well and it was previously featured in this series. It was designated on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the 4th Avenue Historic District in 1982.
The lodge has served as the physical representation of several issues regarding recognition of Prince Hall Masonry as legitimate. This is a link to a speech given by Brother Alex Harris in 1999, shortly before a Grand Lodge vote to recognize Prince Hall Masonry in Alabama failed. I would have to agree with the webmaster’s comments located at the top of the page. Luckily, the state legislature is not of the same mindset as is shown by this resolution from July, 2005. This blog appears to have been started recently and provided some interesting information.
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