The Baldwin Lodge 159 of Free and Accepted Prince Hall Masons was recently honored by local government officials in Milledgeville and Baldwin County for 100 years of dedicated service to the community.
The group received proclamations from both the mayor and City Council and the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners.
The Baldwin Lodge 159 was established in the city of Milledgeville in 1921 to unite men of different races, beliefs and backgrounds into a harmonious and productive community through the application of moral values, and the practices of brotherly love, faith and charity.
In the proclamation from Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan to members of the Baldwin Lodge 159 of Free and Accepted Prince Hall Masons, it was mentioned that during the the group’s 100-year history that they had practiced benevolence, intellectual development, and mutual respect to reach their goals.
The proclamation also recognized the group has an integral part in uniting local citizens.
The Prince Hall affiliate was established in Milledgeville by H.R. Butler, who served as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Georgia.
From Milledgeville’s first Worshipful Master of the Baldwin Lodge 159 Brother A.R. Cooper to its current Worshipful Master Brother Ronald L. Stevens, each member of the Baldwin Lodge 159 has worked diligently to fulfill and go beyond the goals set forth over the last century, according to the city proclamation.
Parham-Copelan said it was fitting to recognize the importance of the Baldwin Lodge 159 of Free and Accepted Price Hall Masons, as well as the generations of members that have built the history, character, strength and unity that has been exhibited throughout Milledgeville through the years.
She proclaimed Dec. 14, 2021 as the Baldwin Lodge 159 of Free and Accepted Price Hall Masons Day.
The group was also recognized during an earlier meeting by the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners, whereby the group was presented its first proclamation for their 100 years of existence and work in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
Commission Chairman Henry R. Craig presented the proclamation to Worshipful Master Brother Ronald L. Stevens.