he continuing legacy of the Masonic role in the Underground Railroad
Historian John William Templeton, editor of Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols 1-4 and creator of the California African-American Freedom Trail, guides delegates to the World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges on fascinating tours of Masonry and the California African-American Freedom Trail on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. The 90-minute excursion leaves from the California Masonic Auditorium on California Street, itself an important part of the African-American freedom movement in the 1960s, and visits the vitally important Hannibal Lodge No. 1, pictured above, where a gallery of every worshipful master since 1852 is in the stairwell. Hannibal and Victoria Lodge No. 3 are celebrating their 163d anniversaries. The tour also descibes the collaborative relationship between the Prince Hall lodges and Free Masons like Rev. Thomas Starr King, credited with keeping California in the Union during the Civil War. Tour price is $75. Your support helps present this history for the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December.