(pictured above ROYALTY: on left Master Tony “Solo” Hearst, who was recently named “Worshipful Master of the Year.” Pictured right , Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of N.Y. Walter C. King Jr.)
Rededication Ceremony Will Mark Completion of Major Renovation and Beautification of It’s Lodge. Annual Masters’ Ball Will be Historic
At 11am on Saturday, March 14th St. John’s Lodge No. 16 Prince Hall Free & Accepted Masons will celebrate the re-dedication of its cornerstone and Lodge, located at 17 Kingsley St. This event marks the culmination of major renovation and beautification projects undertaken under the leadership of Worshipful Master Tony “Solo” Hearst, who was recently named “Worshipful Master of the Year.” He was selected out of 66 Prince Hall Lodges throughout New York State.
Also, on this historic day at 6p.m. St. John’s will host its annual Masters’ Ball at the Marriott Hotel, located at 1340 Millersport Highway. In attendance for these events will be the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of N.Y. Walter C. King Jr. and the official staff of the Grande Lodge of the State of N. Y. Their presence will be a historical first for St. Johns Lodge and the 7th Masonic District of which St. Johns is affiliated.
St. John’s history began in 1865 and continues in 2020. The 155 year history of St. John’s members has contributed to major historical events such as the “Niagara Movement” the precursor to the present day NAACP, Colored Musicians Club and the Nash Museum.. St. John’s has a long history of local charitable contributions specifically providing scholarships for students, community philanthropy, meals and clothing to the needy as well as opening the lodge to the homeless to take showers. St. Johns is one of the oldest organizations in the City of Buffalo.