With his book The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906), our guest James R. Morgan III transports readers to a period when western outlaws ruled the territories. African American men brought enlightenment, guidance, and protection in the same territories to the formerly enslaved through peaceful organization. Captain William Dominick Matthews – Freemason, Civil War officer, and abolitionist – was at the vanguard. He became one of the most illustrious and controversial figures of his time.
Morgan’s book goes into depth examining the role Black Freemasonry played in shaping African American culture. The book also examines the lives of the most prominent Black Freemasons of the period – as well as their internal and external battles that were shaped by the violent and fast-paced time in which he lived.
James R. Morgan III graduated from Howard University (Washington, D.C.) with a B.A. in Communications and African American History. He is a genealogist and a member of the James Dent Walker Chapter of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS).
James serves the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia as its Worshipful Grand Historian & Archivist.
We are available for your genealogy research project!
Whether you’re new to genealogy, don’t have the time to pursue your own research, or have a stubborn brick wall you just can’t break through: you can hire one of our experienced research team who will happily work with you to achieve your genealogy research goals. As the first Black-owned genealogy research company, our African American genealogists excel at African American genealogy! As African Americans with caucasian ancestors – our genealogists are just as experienced in researching European-descended American ancestry.
The short video below covers what we do and how we do it:
How to contact us
For more information about our genealogy research services, our contact form, and our research service contact, please visit: https://genealogyadventures.net/research