MWGM Richard Townes

MWGM Richard Townes

MWGM Richard Townes




Grand Master's Welcome

Greetings and welcome to the official website of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia.  I trust that you will find the website educational about Prince Hall Masonry and informative about our Grand Lodge. The first step in erecting an strong edifice is to make sure that its foundation is firm. During this administration we will focus on “Rebuilding From Within” by ensuring that our foundation is solid as we focus on refining the rough stone into a more perfect ashlar fit for the builders use. Visit our website regularly to stay abreast of current and future events and accomplishments of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia and the Craft.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Richard Townes
Most Worshipful Grand Master
The Bee Hive is the official publication of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, Free & Accepted Masons, Inc.

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     1. Forever Loyal to our God.
     2. Forever Devoted to our Grand Lodge.
     3. Giving Due Respect to our Fellow Man.
     4. Living Upright in our Community.
     5. The Bee Hive Shall Be Non-Partisan and Non-Sectarian

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Interested in Becoming a Freemason?

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. Freemasonry is a society of men of high moral character that are concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical degrees which are learned by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: 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.

  • You must believe in a Supreme Being.

  • You must be joining of your own free will.

  • You must be a man.

  • You must be of lawful age (18yrs of age or older).

  • You must not have a felony conviction.
  • You must come recommended by at least two existing Freemasons from the lodge you’re petitioning.
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145th Annual Communication

The 145th Annual Communication of our Grand Lodge will also be held in the city of Richmond from September 16th - 18th, 2021.  Proclamation, session registration, souvenir journal information can be accessed below.


The Office of the Grand Secretary

906 N. Thompson St.
P.O. Box 14646
Richmond, VA 23221-0646


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Stevie R. Gray, R.W. Grand Secretary

Bro. Jermaine J. Jones, Webmaster