The Phylaxis Society is a membership society that consists of free and accepted masons who have a desire to receive and disperse masonic knowledge-” masonic light.” The organization was created by Prince Hall Masons and is partial toward dispersing light about Prince Hall and the network of masons that derive from The African Lodge of Boston, Massachusetts going back to 1775. These masons are predominantly African-American. Active membership in the Phylaxis Society is open, however, to any freemason who is a member of a grand lodge recognized by the Prince Hall Conference of Grand Masters or recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England – the premier grand lodge.
Greetings members, fellows and visitors. The Phylaxis Society invites you to enjoy the research and findings of this Society and its many writers and historians. Our continued mission is to seek more light and to impart more light regarding freemasonry.
If you have only one book in your library about Prince Hall Freemasonry, this is the book you should have.
The magazines in this collection mark the start of a long-term project of the Phylaxis Society to undo the damage done by William H. Grimshaw in his book published in 1903, The Official History of Freemasonry Among the Colored People of North America. For half a century, Grimshaw’s book was the only one that spoke of the early life of Prince Hall, and there appears to be a good reason for it: Grimshaw’s biography of Prince Hall was largely made up, his personal invention, a product of his imagination, and a century later, historians are still looking for sources to confirm what Grimshaw said about the life of Prince Hall and cannot find them. Decades after Grimshaw’s book, the so-call story of Prince Hall has been repeated, book after book, author after author, until it has become so firmly ingrained into Prince Hall masonic lore, that more than a century later, it still persuades.
This bound collection contains the first ten issues of The Phylaxis magazine—magazines that set the tone for a research, historical, and educational society that, at this writing, is in its fifth decade of research, history, and education. Continue reading
You have helped us make a choice by reading the book and responding to the online poll. The poll shows that readers like W. E. B. Dubois and John G. Lewis, Jr. We refer you to the book to see why.
The Phylaxis magazine is said by some to be the finest magazine for Prince Hall masons now existing. Here is a complete magazine from recent years to give you an idea of the direction the magazine takes.
The usually accepted accounts of his life has it that Prince Hall was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, British West Indies, on the 12th of September, 1748, the son of Thomas Prince Hall, …. All of which is untrue! Continue reading
If you are ever in the city of Boston, you can visit the grave site of Prince Hall. Your automobile GPS navigator will get you to the cemetery, and your handheld GPS will get you to the headstone. Continue reading
Castle Island is where Prince Hall and fourteen men of color were made Masons in 1775…or was it 1778? Continue reading