When the British left Boston on March 26, 1776, John Batt had already issued a permit to Prince Hall on July 3, 1775. This was one full year before America declared its independence from England and while the United States of America was still known as the American Colonies. The issuance of this permit led to the formation of African Lodge No. 1, thus allowing them to function as a lodge, walk on St. John’s Day, march in parades, and to bury their dead.
Today, over 5,000 lodges and 47 Grand Lodges, and one Grand Lodge in your congressional district, trace their history and name to the original Prince Hall Lodge, African Lodge #1.