Our History

Chartered in the City of Chicago, Illinois, Cornerstone Lodge has been a progressive Lodge filled with brethren who have worked hard to remain in alignment with the standards of the Masonic Order. October 9, 1919 was the date of the 53rd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois. On this date Cornerstone Lodge No. 91 along with Harmony Lodge No. 88, Meridian Sun Lodge No. 89, Jeptha Lodge No. 90 and Mt. Tabor Lodge No. 92 were approved by the Grand Lodge to receive a charter which entitled the Lodge to all of the rights and privileges as any other Lodge within the Illinois Jurisdiction. With a charter membership of 318 brothers, the Charter Officers of Cornerstone Lodge No. 91 were:

By their leadership, Cornerstone Lodge would grow to become the best little Lodge within the City of Chicago.

The caliber of membership during the early years was phenomenal as it included members whose contributions to society and to the Masonic Order were numerous:

While this list includes a list of prominent brethren, it is certainly not all-inclusive.

This history of Cornerstone Lodge is a testament to the mercy and wisdom of God, the Grand Architect of the Universe. By a strong faith in Him the actions of the Lodge have steadily transformed into works of charity and service which have not only improved the Masonic Order but also the communities in the brethren have lived and served. It will only be by the extension of this legacy of service that the Lodge will continue to do great works for society. By continuing along this path, Cornerstone Lodge and Freemasonry as a whole will continue to inspire hope for a better tomorrow.

Sources:

  1. Proceedings, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted York Masons, State of Illinois - 1919-70, 2005-2008
  2. History of Prince Hall Masonry in Illinois by William Hardy
  3. Masonic Abolitionists: Freemasonry and the Underground Railroad in Illinois by Daryl Lamar Andrews - www.AndrewsPress.com
  4. Prince Hall Masonry in America Bicentennial Journal, Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan, 1976