Prince Hall: A Black Freemason was one of America’s First Civil Rights Activists

“Prince Hall’s petition writing for social justice began in 1777 with his request to the General Court to give slaves their freedom, a right to every person. In this petition, of January 13, 1777, Prince Hall called to the government to be held accountable for ripping many Africans out of their homeland.

He challenged the government to stand by the principles it stands for, “a natural and unalienable right to that freedom, which the great parent of the Universe hath bestowed equally on all Mankind.” This petition calls for the freedom of all children, as well as other slaves not free, born in a land of liberty to receive their freedom at the age of 21. Through his writing he wishes to correct the inconsistencies in the State, and feels compelled to assure that justice is attained for all.”