Dispensation issued by the Grand Royal Black Chapter of United States of America to Thomas J. Prestley, 1938 November 10

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Title

Dispensation issued by the Grand Royal Black Chapter of United States of America to Thomas J. Prestley, 1938 November 10

Description

A dispensation (a document usually given as a precursor to a charter) issued by the Grand Royal Black Chapter of the United States to Thomas J. Prestly. The document authorizes Prestley to create the Star of the East Preceptory, No. 106, in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. Dated November 10, 1938. While not a Masonic organization, the Black Royal Institution borrowed heavily from Masonic symbolism and philosophy. Depicted at the bottom of the certificate is an intertwined square and level followed by depictions of a keystone and next by the single most identifiable symbol of Freemasonry, a crossed compass and set-square adorned with the letter "G." While a separate entity from the Orange Order, candidates for membership to the Royal Black Institution must first become a member of the Orange Order.

Source

Collection of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, Massachusetts. FR 007

Date

1938 11 10

Contributor

Rights

This image is presented for research and educational purposes only, and may not be distributed or republished without permission from the Scottish Rite Mason Museum & Library.

Language

English

Identifier

A2000/059/022

Extent

1 item ; 56 x 42 cm.

Provenance

Museum purchase

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Citation

Royal Black Institution. Provincial Grand Black Chapter of United States of America, “Dispensation issued by the Grand Royal Black Chapter of United States of America to Thomas J. Prestley, 1938 November 10,” digitalVGW, accessed December 4, 2021, https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/966.