Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organizations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides. It instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life and its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest, continually-active, African American fraternal organization within the State of Illinois. The fraternity is designed to make good men better through service to mankind. This service has been displayed in thousands of communities across the State of Illinois since the middle of the 19th Century. We look forward to continuing our service in our communities today so they may have better tomorrows.