Black People : Angelo Soliman & Prince Hall: Fathers of African Freemasonry in the West?

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  1. Knowledge Seed

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    I was really just thinking about these two, since they seem to both have had a great impact on the history of African Freemasonry. Some people say that Prince Hall didn't really start "Prince Hall Freemasonry". Who did then? Was Prince Hall even a historical person? Was Angelo Soliman a historical person? If so, did he have any contact with Prince Hall?
     
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    I read that Prince Hall was actually Benjamin Bey and that Prince Hall is actually a title. I'm sure you've heard this before though.
     
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    Yeah I have, but I've never seen any historical proof to back up that claim. You got any info on that? What about Angelo Soliman? Have you heard anything about him?
     
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    I did a little study on it but couldn't get too many documents to really put together anything. The only historical proof is comparing his bio with this so called Prince Hall and connecting the dots. Right now for me its just heresay though.
     
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    I know Angelo Soliman is considered the first Moorish Freemason. He is also referred to as "The Father of Pure Masonic Thought". Word is, his writings were even more popular than that of Albert Pike. I'm wondering how much power he actually yielded and if he was initiating other Black men prior to Prince Hall. What you think?
     
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    I don't know too much about Angelo Soliman so I won't say anything.
     
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    See what you can find.
     
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    I'll see what I can find, but those are some mysterious characters.
     
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    Bro. Darkside, what info do you have on Angelo Soliman and Prince Hall?
     
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    Angelo Soliman (1721 - 1796) is historically recognized as the first Moorish Freemason. Born in the Congo (Cameroon), at age seven he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. In Europe, he was the slave (child toy) of a prominent Sicilian lady. Later, at age 16, he was sold to a royal family in Vienna, Austria. There, he so impressed his masters with his remarkable intelligence, they chose to educate him.

    In his mid twenties, Soliman distinguished himself as a studious and honorable subject with his masters, and actually won his freedom through his high moral character and education. As a free citizen of Vienna, the world's citadel of culture and enlightenment at the time, Soliman, now a member of the royal Hapsburg household, continued to pursue a personal course of erudite and moral excellence. He spoke six languages fluently and could write three of them fluently as well. He was also a master swordsman, a war hero, a chess specialist, a navigation expert, and a tutor to royalty. He is considered one of the most learned people of his generation as well as one of the greatest Vienna citizens of all time.

    He was a Vienna celebrity, a dashing figure and personality who was widely admired for his handsomeness, fashionable Moorish attire and social grace; he was an excellent dancer and romancer at elite social affairs. He married in 1768 and in the same year joined the True Concord Freemason's lodge (True Harmony Lodge), which included his friends Mozart and Haydn. He eventually became the Grand Master of the lodge and rewrote and refined its rituals and other literature. The Soliman Freemasonic literary style spread all over Europe and around the world, eventually even influencing modern Freemasonic literature and rituals. Thus, Soliman is called the Father of Pure Masonic Thought.

    When he died in 1796, his body was claimed by the Holy Roman Emporer Francis II, who ordered it flayed and stuffed. The monarch had a bizarre habit of collecting stuffed human corpses. Francis then put the dreadful piece of taxidermy on display in his private museum, despite the pleas of Soliman's daughter and the outraged protests of his Masonic brothers. The grisly relic remained in the imperial collection until the Austrian Revolution of 1848, when a grenade pitched into the Palace library sent the remains of Angelo Soliman up in a merciful burst of flames.

    Even till this day, in Vienna, he is celebrated in song and dance.
    Angelo Soliman (1721 - 1796) is historically recognized as the first Moorish Freemason. Born in the Congo (Cameroon), at age seven he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. In Europe, he was the slave (child toy) of a prominent Sicilian lady. Later, at age 16, he was sold to a royal family in Vienna, Austria. There, he so impressed his masters with his remarkable intelligence, they chose to educate him.

    In his mid twenties, Soliman distinguished himself as a studious and honorable subject with his masters, and actually won his freedom through his high moral character and education. As a free citizen of Vienna, the world's citadel of culture and enlightenment at the time, Soliman, now a member of the royal Hapsburg household, continued to pursue a personal course of erudite and moral excellence. He spoke six languages fluently and could write three of them fluently as well. He was also a master swordsman, a war hero, a chess specialist, a navigation expert, and a tutor to royalty. He is considered one of the most learned people of his generation as well as one of the greatest Vienna citizens of all time.

    He was a Vienna celebrity, a dashing figure and personality who was widely admired for his handsomeness, fashionable Moorish attire and social grace; he was an excellent dancer and romancer at elite social affairs. He married in 1768 and in the same year joined the True Concord Freemason's lodge (True Harmony Lodge), which included his friends Mozart and Haydn. He eventually became the Grand Master of the lodge and rewrote and refined its rituals and other literature. The Soliman Freemasonic literary style spread all over Europe and around the world, eventually even influencing modern Freemasonic literature and rituals. Thus, Soliman is called the Father of Pure Masonic Thought.

    When he died in 1796, his body was claimed by the Holy Roman Emporer Francis II, who ordered it flayed and stuffed. The monarch had a bizarre habit of collecting stuffed human corpses. Francis then put the dreadful piece of taxidermy on display in his private museum, despite the pleas of Soliman's daughter and the outraged protests of his Masonic brothers. The grisly relic remained in the imperial collection until the Austrian Revolution of 1848, when a grenade pitched into the Palace library sent the remains of Angelo Soliman up in a merciful burst of flames.

    Even till this day, in Vienna, he is celebrated in song and dance.
     
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