Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick 

Whereas Prince Hall was an abolitionist and leader of the free black community in Boston in the late 18th century to early 19th century; and

Whereas Prince Hall was dedicated to advancing the rights of enslaved blacks and protecting free blacks from kidnapping by slave traders; and

Whereas  As a strong supporter for freedom and equality, Prince Hall advocated for free and enslaved blacks to fight in the Colonial Army against the British in the American Revolutionary War; and

Whereas On July 3, 1775, Prince Hall led 14 black Masons to form the first black order of Free and Accepted Masons in the world; and

Whereas Prince Hall was active in his efforts to pass legislation within the Massachusetts Legislature to end slavery in the state; and

Whereas As a champion for education, Prince Hall petitioned the Massachusetts legislature to create schools for black students, and operated one in his own home; and

Whereas Prince Hall died on December 7, 1807 and is buried in the Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston; and

Whereas Throughout his life, Prince Hall was dedicated to the causes of freedom and equality and his legacy has left a lasting imprint on our Commonwealth and Nation which continues to inspire us today,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 13, 2011, to be,

Prince Hall Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, eleventh day of September, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                 
Deval L. Patrick      
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin           
Secretary of the Commonwealth   

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts