First Edition. Very Good. Item #4462
Washington, D.C. / Philadelphia: The United States Supreme Council Southern Jurisdiction / The Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 1977. Stated First Edition. Signed by the author without inscription on front pastedown. Octavo (8.5" x 5.75"); xvii, 237p. Black cloth with gold lettering and design. Covers slightly leaning, with nudging to spine ends, some dulling to gold title band, and some faint smudging to back. Front endpapers toned from a previously laid-in clipping, else pages clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
Hall (1730s?-1807) was an abolitionist and leader among Boston's free black community, known as the "father of Black Freemasonry" after establishing what would become the first African Masonic Lodge in the United States. He encouraged and helped enable blacks to fight for the colonial military during the Revolution in the hope that they would achieve equality and freedom in the country to come, and when they did not, turned to advocacy for education equality and the abolition movement.