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In 1845, 17 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Universal Lodge No. 1 in Alexandria became the first lodge to be organized by black men in the state of Virginia. Universal Lodge No. 1 of Alexandria marked the introduction of Prince Hall masonry into the State of Virginia. It was necessary for the original members of this lodge to travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for initiation because the "free" status of the Negro did not satisfy the requirement of the Masonic Landmarks; that a man be "free born. This concept prevailed until President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, effective January 1, 1863. Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, Black men who were regarded as free, were initiated into Masonry only by leaving the State of Virginia. These men returned and subsequently organized lodges. The earliest recorded lodge, Universal No. 1 was organized in 1845 in Alexandria.

Mission: Our organization takes good men and develop them to be better men.

Universal Lodge No. 1 and Esther Chapter 23, Third Annual Joint Banquet was a resounding success. Thank you to all those...
02/26/2020

Universal Lodge No. 1 and Esther Chapter 23, Third Annual Joint Banquet was a resounding success. Thank you to all those that were able to attend, enjoy the evening, and fellowship. We did have a great time!!!!!!!

The link below will take you to photos from the Banquet itself:
https://www.universallodge1.org/2020jointbanquet

I've included some photos from the hospitality room which also added to the greatness of the evening.

On Sunday 2 Feb 2020, Universal Lodge #1 held our 175th Anniversary Church Service program at Zion Baptist Church in Ale...
02/09/2020

On Sunday 2 Feb 2020, Universal Lodge #1 held our 175th Anniversary Church Service program at Zion Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA where Pastor Dr. Bernard Reeves presides. It was an amazing service and the Brothers of Universal appreciate all those that came out to support.

Universal Lodge #1 was established on February 5th, 1845 in Alexandria, VA.

Also, if you schedules permit, please support Universal Lodge #1 Annual Worshipful Past Master Banquet on Saturday, 22 February 2020 where we will be honoring WPM McArthur Myers for his service to the Lodge during his 2018-2019 tenure as Worshipful Master. For more information and tickets, please contact the Lodge Secretary at [email protected]

Universal Lodge #1, 31st Masonic District, MWPHGL of Virginia representing at the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr parade in ...
01/21/2020

Universal Lodge #1, 31st Masonic District, MWPHGL of Virginia representing at the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr parade in Leesburg, VA.

The Brother's of Universal Lodge #1 Winter Coat Drive. Collected 50 coats for elementary & middle school aged kids. Gave...
12/20/2019

The Brother's of Universal Lodge #1 Winter Coat Drive. Collected 50 coats for elementary & middle school aged kids. Gave them to the Boys & Girls Club in Alexandria, VA. Great job!

Universal Lodge #1 & Esther Chapter #23 Thankgiving Basket event was an outstanding success...we gave away 40 baskets! E...
11/24/2019

Universal Lodge #1 & Esther Chapter #23 Thankgiving Basket event was an outstanding success...we gave away 40 baskets! Exceeded our goal! Great job everyone who donated and help with this event.../G\...

Taking care of our community thru benevolent charitable services! If you know a family in need for Thanksgiving, please ...
11/22/2019

Taking care of our community thru benevolent charitable services! If you know a family in need for Thanksgiving, please send an inbox message to Universal Lodge #1. /G\

Universal Lodge #1, MWPHGLVA and Esther Chapter #23, OES PHA Virginia had a successful and awesome time during our Dinne...
11/22/2019

Universal Lodge #1, MWPHGLVA and Esther Chapter #23, OES PHA Virginia had a successful and awesome time during our Dinner Sale.

Greetings, Come join us on November 17th for some great food and fellowship.
11/08/2019

Greetings, Come join us on November 17th for some great food and fellowship.

Greetings,The Brother's of Universal Lodge #1 MWPHGL of Virginia will hold our regular monthly stated communication on t...
10/09/2019

Greetings,
The Brother's of Universal Lodge #1 MWPHGL of Virginia will hold our regular monthly stated communication on this coming Monday, 14 Oct at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Temple in Alexandria, VA. This will be a historical event. Gavel will sound promptly at 7pm!...All /G\ Brother's of the Craft are cordially & fraternally invited. Please see attached flyer! If you plan to attend, send an email to [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your support! /G\

Universal Lodge #1 for the 2019-2020 Masonic Year
06/14/2019

Universal Lodge #1 for the 2019-2020 Masonic Year

Welcome Universal Lodge No.1 newly raised Brother Marc Peters
05/09/2019

Welcome Universal Lodge No.1 newly raised Brother Marc Peters

https://www.facebook.com/933889623308668/posts/2006744062689880/Congratulations & warm welcome to Universal’s newly rais...
07/01/2018

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Congratulations & warm welcome to Universal’s newly raised brother—Bro. Brett A. Alexander: 30 June 2018

Pride of Fairfax Co. Lodge no. 298 and Universal lodge no. 1 held a Joint Raising on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The newest 298 Brothers are Bro. Stacey Frye, Bro. Gerald Lowery, Bro. Bryan Joseph, and Bro. Eugene Davis. The newest brother of Universal Lodge no 1 is Bro. Brett Alexander.
Photos by WAGP Gordon E. Chip Renfrow

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06/24/2018

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Today marks 301 years since the formation of the world’s first Grand Lodge – and therefore also represents the closing of our historic Tercentenary year.

We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making it a truly memorable achievement, from start to finish.

In the words of our Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes: “I think we can go forward from here with enormous self-belief and pride.”

Here’s to a long and happy future for the Craft! 🥂

And please do let us know in the comments what you especially enjoyed about our once-in-a-lifetime Tercentenary ⤵️

#UGLE2017 · #Freemasons

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06/24/2018

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On June 24, 2018 the 31st Masonic District of the MWPHGL of VA, members of the Order of the Eastern Star's 26th District, and friends celebrated St. John the Baptist Day. In addition to St. John's Day, we also celebrated three recipients as each was pinned for 50 years of continuous service to Prince Hall Freemasonry.
Photos by WAGP Gordon E. Chip Renfrow.

Attending the 31st Masonic District  St. John the Baptist Day Program.  We had the honor & privilege to recognize our tw...
06/24/2018

Attending the 31st Masonic District St. John the Baptist Day Program. We had the honor & privilege to recognize our two members for 50 years of Masonic Service: WPDDGM Richard C. Williams & WPM Joseph Stills! With WM McArthur Myers, SW James A Conway Sr., JW Meddie Goldie Mrmc Knox, Tres. Aaron Banks Sr., Sec Kent Carter, JD Kenzie Locke, Til Gregory Wright & WPM Tom Robinson. #universallodge1 #pha #princehall #freemasonry #delray #alexandria

Third Baptist Church’s, Alexandria, VA Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony: with WM McArthur Myers, SW James A Conway ...
06/23/2018

Third Baptist Church’s, Alexandria, VA Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony: with WM McArthur Myers, SW James A Conway Sr., JW Meddie Goldie Mrmc Knox, Secretary Kent D. Carter & Marshal Robert T. Johnson. This church was founded and built by hand for African Americans living in Alexandria during the Civil War by the Brothers of Universal Lodge. Its 1st Pastor was Rev. George Washington Parker (a Brother in Universal Lodge). It was indeed a honor and privilege to be apart of carrying the torch from those that came before us! /G\ #pha #thirdbaptistchurch #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
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06/23/2018

WM McArthur Myers - Welcome & Recognition of Visitors #pha #thirdbaptistchurch #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
#alexandria #delray #motivation #grind #entrepreneur #success #business #money #inspiration #work #love #goals #lifestyle #fitness #freemasons #freemasonry #life #entrepreneurship #ambition #fashion #instagood #luxury #potd #ootd

Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony. With WM McArthur Myers, SW James A. Conway Sr., JW Meddie E. Knox Jr., Sec Kent D...
06/23/2018

Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony. With WM McArthur Myers, SW James A. Conway Sr., JW Meddie E. Knox Jr., Sec Kent D. Carter & Mar Teddy Johnson.

From WM McArthur Myers & the brothers of Universal Lodge #1. #pha #Fathersday2018 #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall...
06/17/2018

From WM McArthur Myers & the brothers of Universal Lodge #1. #pha #Fathersday2018 #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
#alexandria #delray #motivation #grind #entrepreneur #success #business #money #inspiration #work #love #goals #lifestyle #fitness #freemasons #freemasonry #life #entrepreneurship #ambition #fashion #instagood #luxury #potd #ootd

WM McArthur Myers participating in the opening dedication of the Old Town Alexandria office of the National Breast Cance...
06/17/2018

WM McArthur Myers participating in the opening dedication of the Old Town Alexandria office of the National Breast Cancer Center, 277 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. #pha #Georgewashingtonuniversity #gwu #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
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Congratulations to the newly elected & appointed officers of Universal Lodge #1 2018-2019WM McArthur MyersSW James A. Co...
06/12/2018

Congratulations to the newly elected & appointed officers of Universal Lodge #1 2018-2019

WM McArthur Myers
SW James A. Conway Sr.
JW Meddie E. Knox Jr.
Treasurer: WPM Aaron L. Banks Sr.
Secretary: WPM Kent D. Carter
SD Richard D. Williams III
JD Kenzie O. Locke
SS Kimball D. Merriweather Sr.
JS Andre L. Potts
Chaplain: WPM James A. Hunter
Marshall: Robert T. Johnson
Tiler: WPM Gregory Wright
#pha #Delray #freemason #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
#alexandria #potd #freemasons #motivation #grind #entrepreneur #success #business #money #inspiration #work #love #goals #lifestyle #fitness #freemasonry #virginia #life #entrepreneurship #ambition #fashion #history

06/10/2018

With WM Kent Carter & SW McArthur Myers.
Outstanding event & congratulations to all of the honorees. Arlington Lodge #58 F&AM #fortitude #pha #Delray #freemason #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
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With WM Kent Carter & SW McArthur Myers.Outstanding event & congratulations to all of the honorees. Arlington Lodge #58 ...
06/10/2018

With WM Kent Carter & SW McArthur Myers.
Outstanding event & congratulations to all of the honorees. Arlington Lodge #58 F&AM #fortitude #pha #Delray #freemason #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
#alexandria #arlingtonlodge58 #arlington #motivation #grind #entrepreneur #success #business #money #inspiration #work #love #goals #lifestyle #fitness #freemasonry #freemasonry #life #entrepreneurship #ambition #fashion #instagood

With WM Kent Carter & SW McArthur Myers.
06/09/2018

With WM Kent Carter & SW McArthur Myers.

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05/28/2018
The Reason Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

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Today, we pay tribute to those heroic patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice, who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they never returned. We honor their service, mourn their loss, and remember the families they left behind. 🇺🇸 #memorialday #neverforget #army #airforce #navy #usmc #coastguard #veterans #universallodge1

This is the real meaning of the holiday

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05/24/2018

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117 years ago today, Winston Churchill was initiated into Studholme Lodge (now United Studholme Alliance Lodge) No. 1591.

Not much is known about the ceremony itself, but we do have a fascinating and unique glimpse into the events from the autobiography of Charles Bigham, Viscount Mersey 📖

It reads: "... that month I was initiated as a free mason at Studholme Lodge (1591). While waiting for the ceremony I walked round and round Golden Square with Winston Churchill, another candidate..."

Churchill completed his second degree nearly two months later on the 19th July and was then made a Master Mason on 5th March 1902.

Were any of our followers initiated on this day? Let us know in the comments and how many years ago! ⬇️

#Freemasons

https://www.facebook.com/universallodge1/posts/1125286157576693 Let’s keep up the hard work #fortitude /G\ 🎩 #pha #Delra...
05/22/2018

https://www.facebook.com/universallodge1/posts/1125286157576693 Let’s keep up the hard work #fortitude /G\ 🎩 #pha #Delray #freemason #universallodge1 #mwphglva #princehall #princehallmasons
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Congratulations to the newly elected members of Universal Lodge #1, Alexandria, VA for the 2017-2018 Masonic Year.

- The Oldest Prince Hall Lodge in the Jurisdiction of Virginia

Worshipful Master: Kent D. Carter
Senior Warden: McArthur Myers
Junior Warden: James A. Conway Sr.
Treasurer: WPM Aaron Banks Sr.
Secretary: WPM Joseph Parker
Senior Deacon: Bro. Meddie Knox
Junior Deacon: Bro. Richard D. Williams III
Senior Stewart: Bro. Teddy Johnson
Chaplain: WPM James Hunter
Marshal: Bro. Kenzie Locke
Tyler: WPM Gregory Wright

Thanks to all of the brothers who visited tonight. /G\ #PrinceHall #Freemasonry #PHA #Freemasons #MWPHGLVA #Universallodge1

SW McArthur Myers attending our Grand Lodge Founder's Day Program.  #history #fraternity #universallodge1 #masonry #free...
05/21/2018

SW McArthur Myers attending our Grand Lodge Founder's Day Program. #history #fraternity #universallodge1 #masonry #freemasonry #freemason #va #delray #virginia #love #community #pha #princehall #princehallmasons #MWPHGLVA #mwphglva #alexandria #historic #architecture #artdeco #atmospheric #behindthescenes #brethren #brotherhood #camera #colourful #factoftheday #love #petersburg #potd

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05/20/2018

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Alexandria, VA - On 18 May, RWGD JD Spain, RWGD Neville Welch, DDGM CJ James, ADDGM A. Margues Pitre, PDDGM Cliff Johnson, PDDGM James Gordon, PDDGM(E) Spence, the WMs, Wardens, PMs, and brothers of the 31st Masonic District held their monthly meeting. In attendance were brothers with almost 50 years in Masonry as well as brother who were recently Raised.

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