Notable Prince Hall Freemasons



  • Ralph H. Metcalfe, Olympic champion & former U.S. Congressman
  • Scottie Pippen, Six-time NBA Champion, Chicago Bulls
  • Sugar Ray Robinson, Mid/light heavyweight boxing champion
  • Jack Johnson - First black heavyweight boxing champion in U.S.


Politics and Leadership

  • Maynard Jackson - First black mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Julian Bond, NAACP National Chairman
  • Thomas Bradley, Former Mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • Emanuel Cleaver, U.S. Congressman (MO)
  • Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania State Representative
  • Medger Wiley Evers, NAACP Field Secretary
  • Chaka Fattah, U.S. Congressman (PA)
  • Wilson Goode, First Black Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
  • Augustus F. Hawkins, Former U.S. Congressman (CA)
  • Benjamin L. Hooks, Former Executive Director, NAACP
  • Vincent Hughes, Pennsylvanie State Senator
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder, RainbowPUSH Coalition & Civil Rights Activist
  • Kweisi Mfume, Former President/CEO, NAACP
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network & Civil Rights Activist
  • Carl B. Stokes, First Black mayor of Cleveland, OH
  • Louis Stokes, Former U.S. Congressman
  • John F. Street, Former Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
  • Michael C. Watson, President/CEO, Absalom Jones Foundation
  • Lawrence Douglass Wilder, First black governor of Virginia, Mayor of Richmond, VA
  • Andrew Young, UN Ambassador & former Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Daniel "Chappie" James, General, U.S. Air Force
  • Thurgood Marshall, Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • A. Phillip Randolph, Founder/ first president, International Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Former federal appeals court judge
  • Leon M'Ba, First President of the Republic of Gabon
  • Joseph Jenkins Robert s, First President of the Republic of Liberia
  • James J.G. Bias, Founder of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee



  • James Forten, Entrepreneur & abolitionist
  • Richard D. Gidron, President, Dick Gidron Cadillac
  • John H. Johnson, Publisher Ebony and Jet magazines
  • Robert S. Abbott, Founder/publisher, The Chicago Defender
  • Alexander T. Augusta - First black to head a hospital in the U.S.


Education and Innovation

  • Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Educator/author
  • Benjamin Mays, Former president of Morehouse College
  • Booker T. Washington, Founder & first president of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University)
  • Charles H. Wesley, Author "The History of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of Ohio 1849–1971".
  • Harry A. Williamson, Author/Masonic historian
  • Granville T. Woods – Inventor
  • Dr. Daniel Hale Williams - First surgeon to perform open heart surgery
  • Arthur A. Schomburg - Historian/Author
  • Lewis Howard Latimer - Inventor of the carbon filament
  • Dr. Ernest Everett Just - One of the founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and renowned zoologist
  • Garrett A. Morgan, Sr., Inventor of traffic light and gas mask
  • Henry Blair - First black to receive a U.S. patent
  • Edward Bouchet - First black to be elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Martin R. Delany - First black to matriculate into Harvard Medical School
  • Matthew Henson, Explorer



  • Don King, Boxing promoter
  • Richard Pryor, Actor/comedian
  • Egbert Austin "Bert" Williams, Actor/ comedian
  • William "Count" Basie, Composer
  • James Herbert "Eubie" Blake, Composer/pianist
  • Nathaniel "Nat King" Cole, Pianist and singer
  • Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, Composer
  • Lionel Hampton, Composer
  • William C. Handy, Composer
  • Bert Williams - Actor/comedian


Journalism and Literature

  • Timothy Thomas Fortune, Journalist
  • Alexander Dumas – Author
  • Alex Haley, Author
  • Alexander Pushkin - Poet/Novelist/Playwright
  • David Walker - Author of "David Walker's Appeal”
  • William Wells Brown - First black to publish a novel



  • Richard Allen, Founder/first bishop AME Church
  • Absalom Jones - First black Priest in the Episcopal Church in U.S.