A high backed wooden chair used at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Massachusetts. The legs of the chair are rounded columns with decorative capitals and bases. The seat is a box design with small block supports on the underside. The high back of the chair has a decorative column on either side, the PR column is topped with a finial which seems to be missing from the PL side. The wood of the back itself has two identical decorative cutouts, pointed at each end. The very top of the chair is high and rounded with a significant protrusion at the peak. It is stained dark brown all over.
A metal printing plate mounted on a wood block used to print lodge certificates. The plate is in the shape of a building and has inscribed text and masonic imagery, beginning [M.W. PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE / STATE OF / MASSACHUSETTS]. The plate is mounted onto a rectangular piece of board. There is handwritten text on the back which reads [Designed by / Bro. Edward S. S. Glover / of / Rising Sun Lodge / Boston]. One edge of the block is stamped with [American Eng. Co. Boston].
A circular pin-back button with two ribbons for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The circular button features a street level black-and-white image of an unidentified multi-story building. The back of the button has a gold colored metal straight pin to fasten the badge. The paper on the back of the button is printed with manufacturer's information and a union print shop symbol. Two lengths of ribbon are attached to the lower edge of the button, one (PR) blue and one (PL) purple. Each ribbon has gold printed text on it. The blue ribbon reads [VICTORY CELEBRATION / 1922] and the purple reads [PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE / F. & A. M. / MASSACHUSETTS].
A metal badge with purple ribbon for a representative of the Prince Hall Lodge, Massachusetts. The badge has a narrow rectangular gold colored metal nameplate at the top with a stamped geometric border and slot to insert a piece of paper. The purple ribbon is looped through a bar on the back of the nameplate and sewn closed. There is a pin fastener across the back of the nameplate as well. The purple ribbon is slightly less than the width of the name plate and is printed with gold text which reads [REPRESENTATIVE / PRINCE / HALL / GRAND LODGE / F. & A.M. / Jurisdiction of / MASSACHUSETTS]. The bottom of the ribbon is cut into an inverted "V" shape, which is fraying.
Round red, blue and off-white poster enclosing a smaller circular vignette of an African American family with the caption "A Clerk in Negro Business at Home. The Result of Group of Economy". This unusual poster was possibly meant to be hung at one's place of business. The design of the poster is intriguing-- incorporating two circles, the smaller of which is within a square, bearing the motto "Trade on the Square" and "Buy within the Circle".
Fruit of Islam uniform hat with a black plastic peaked brim. This navy blue hat is round with a flat top and the initials "FOI" in beige letters. Inside the "O" is a crescent moon with a star between its horns. The hat's sweat band is brown leather pierced with a repetitive row of square perforations. There is a diamond shaped label sewn into the underside of the top; it is covered by a white square of paper with the handwritten name "Jon D Ali." There are two small ventilation holes on each side of the hat.
A booklet detailing the proceedings of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1904. The book is paper and bound with three metal staples on the left edge. The front page bears the title and an illustration of a masonic seal in the bottom half which reads [M.W. PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE F. & A.M. OF MASSACHUSETTS]. The booklet contains one hundred and eight (108) numbered pages.
A masonic apron from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The apron is composed of a front piece (2013.71.1a) and two ties (2013.71.1bc). The front of the apron is likely silk and constructed from two pieces sewn together along the top edge. Both have a white central field with blue borders. The main piece is a rough square featuring a compass and sun painted in gold. The upper piece is an isosceles triangle coming to a point 6 3/4" from the top of the apron. It features a gold painted illustration of an eye in the middle of a radiating design. The apron is backed with undecorated cotton or linen, which is discolored and stained. The two detached ribbon ties are blue and likely made of silk.