Fall 2020 Truman Virtual Lecture

The Missouri Lodge of Research is pleased to announce our Fall Truman Lecture will be the The Lost Empire – Black Freemasonry in the Old West.

This will be our second online virtual speaker to bring you Masonic Education during the COVID-19 Restrictions and will take place on Thursday October 29th at 7 p.m.

The Missouri Lodge of Research Truman Speaker Series is open to all Masons and non-Masons.

There is no charge for the lecture, but tickets are required. You may reserve your spot here through our Eventbrite event page.

Missouri Lodge of Research Fall 2020 Truman Lecture

Open to all Master Masons, Family & Friends

The Lost Empire – Black Freemasonry in the Old West

The presentation will be on the book The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867–1906), James R. Morgan III artfully transports you to the period when western outlaws ruled the territories and brings them face to face with the black men who brought enlightenment, guidance and protection to the formerly enslaved through organization. At the vanguard was Captain William Dominick Matthews–Freemason, Civil War officer and abolitionist–who became one of the most illustrious and controversial figures of his time.

About Our Speaker– James R. Morgan, III 

James R. Morgan III is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Africana Studies in 2011. He is currently employed with the United States Department of State and serves as a Curatorial Consultant with the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC. 

James is an active Prince Hall Freemason and as such he serves as Worshipful Grand Historian & Archivist of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. He has authored several scholarly writings on African American Freemasonry and fraternalism. He is also an Honorary Fellow and Life Member of the Phylaxis Research Society. 

James is an active and experienced genealogist and is a member of the James Dent Walker Chapter of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. He has presented at the 2016 International Black Genealogy Symposium as well as at the 2019 National Conference of the African American Historical and Genealogical Soci-ety (AAHGS) among others. James serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Project and is the author of The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906) which was awarded the 2019 Dr. Charles H. Wesley Medal of History and the 2020 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Non-Fiction Biography. James is a Co-Panelist on both Black Pro Gen-Live and the Prince Hall Think Tank, both of which can be found on YouTube. 

In 2019, The Lost Empire won the Dr. Charles H. Wesley Medal of History which is the highest honor given to historical works by the Phylaxis Society. 

In 2020, The Lost Empire received the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Non-Fiction Biography from the Sons and Daugh-ters of the U.S. Middle Passage Lineage Society. 

The Book is Available at https://jamesrmorgan.com/ 


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