S02 E11: Black Freemasonry with James Morgan III

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.

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