Prince Hall Masonry was established in
Our Grand Lodge Headquarters was constructed in 1912 and is located at
Excelsior Lodge #754, F&AM PHA was the result of a petition to the late Right Worshipful Dr. Robert Terrell, Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge, PHA by Brother La'Micheal Eddie, 32. Brother Eddie, who was the Past Master of Sons of Solomon Lodge #84, AF&AM (formerly Jesse R. Barge Lodge #84), petitioned the MWUGL to accept his Lodge and its apendant bodies as well as auxiliaries as subordinates to the Prince Hall Masonic Family.
On Saturday, October 24, 1998, at seven o'clock p.m., at the Mt. Olive Masonic Hall that eleven men were healed into the original Prince Hall Masonic family. After the ceremony was complete the officers-elect assumed their positions. The District Deputy then presented the Lodge with a Working Dispensation from the Most Worshipful David Wright Grand Master. Soon thereafter, the Lodge held its first Black and White Masonic Ball at the
On December 21, 1998, Excelsior's officers were installed at the installation of the Lodge officers for the District. WM La'Micheal V. Eddie, SW Charvin Graham, JW Michael Williams, Treas. Al Nelson, and Sec. Daniel Grisham, Jr. were duly installed and assumed their positions when the New Year came. On Tuesday, April 22, 1999, the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge chartered Excelsior #754 after the acceptance of Honorable Brother David L. Wright Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons' annual address. A warrant of constitution was issued bearing the names of La'Micheal V. Eddie, Worshipful Master, Al L. Nelson, Senior Warden, and Michael S. Williams, Junior Warden, Calvin D. Lamar, Jr. Treasurer, and Daniel W. Grisham, Secretary.
For years to come the brothers of Excelsior Lodge would strive to make a name for themselves by making good men better and serving the
Past Masters Eddie, Hawthorne, Williams, Nelson, Bryson, Weems, and McCormick have all made great strides in continuing to build the solid foundation upon which Excelsior Lodge still stands. Excelsior is also proud to have had brothers to serve in other capacities within the Masonic District. Past Master LaMicheal Eddie served under DDGM Barber as Junior Warden of the Past Masters Council and Brother Steven Downey now serves as Assistant District Grand Instructor.
Excelsior Lodge hosts various activities to ameliorate brotherhood and foster the principle of masonry. Since our organization, the lodge has participated in service projects with the Annual Community Breakfast, Annual Community Cookout, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Meals On Wheels, Sickle Cell Foundation, Adopt-A-Road, and the Walker/Ford Community Center, along with hosting monthly and annual social events.
It is our sincere hope that through us all can see that Masonry is not about attaining wealth, fame or power while hiding behind guarded doors. For Masonry regards the innermost qualities of a man above all. Masonry is founded in the heart of every brother, acknowledged through the works, deeds, and actions of an upright man, and solidified by a brothers belief in God. Excelsior Lodge believes that charity starts at home and spreads abroad. As we continue to practice charity, build and travel through the winding path of life, not knowing what may lie ahead, Excelsior Lodge will forever strive to move Onward, Upward through Faith, Hope, and Charity.