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  O-28
  AMENDED ORDER
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  September 12, 2005
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
VICE MAYOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR GALLUCCIO
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR MURPHY
COUNCILLOR REEVES
MAYOR SULLIVAN
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

WHEREAS: Generation after generation of Americans have looked at our founding fathers as role models that all children and our community can be proud of; and
 
WHEREAS: So many persons especially our children do not know who Prince Hall (1738-1807) was or properly consider him as one of our founding fathers; and
 
WHEREAS: Prince Hall met with Commander George Washington in Cambridge, July 2, 1775,  to plead for blacks to be allowed to join the Revolutionary Army; and
 
WHEREAS: He was the first Black community and civil rights leader in America; and
 
WHEREAS: Prince Hall created the first school organized by Black citizens for Black children; and
 
WHEREAS: Prince Hall petitioned the Great and General Court of Massachusetts to end slavery and the slave trade; and
 
WHEREAS: Prince Hall is primarily known as the first Black man made a mason in America and as the organizer and founder of African Lodge in Boston on July 3, 1775, now known as the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts F&AM with many Cambridge citizens as members and a rich history of contributions to our city; and
 
WHEREAS: An address Prince Hall gave to African Lodge at Menotomy, (Cambridge) June 24, 1797 told of the relationships between blacks and whites at that time, and
 

WHEREAS:

A cemetery for Black masons in Cambridge, now a part of Arlington, is the burial site of eight Black masons; now therefore be it

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to convene and work with a committee, including representatives from the Cambridge Historical Commission, the African American Heritage Trail Committee and interested and informed citizens, to select a suitable site on or around the Cambridge Common to honor Prince Hall and his contribution to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the country.
  

  In City Council September 12, 2005
Adopted as amended by a yea and nay vote :-
Yeas 8; Nays 0; Absent 1; Present 0.
Attest:- D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk
  

A true copy;
  

ATTEST:-
                          D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk
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