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Our Story

    
    On September 8, 1947, the Masonic Lodge, once known as Morning Star Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Newark, became known as "TYRE" Lodge No.29, acting with the authority of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall United Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of New Jersey, under a dispensation, held its first meeting. The location of the meeting place was 107 Wallace Street in the city of Newark, NJ. The following chartered members were present: Joseph Curry, William Curry, Council Dawson, Howard Nealy, Blummer Terrell, John Toni, Roscoa Whitfield, Frank Wright, Dewitt Walker and Emanuel Wade. 

    All meetings were opened and closed by or at the direction of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Stewart M. Mann of Mount Moriah Lodge No.3, F&AM of Salem, in the extreme Southern section of the state. When MW Mann was not presiding, RW M Page, the District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District, was presiding with William Curry acting as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. The Recording Secretary for the first two meetings was Joseph Freeman, followed by Council Dawson, who took the minutes until the first election of officers. 
    

The first officers and chartered members named


William Curry…………..…………………Master                                                          
Willie F. Wiliams …………………………Senior Warden 
George Blackwell ……………………….Junior Warden
Council Dawson……………………...…Secretary 
Joseph Freeman……………………...…Assistant Secretary
Ollie C. Mathis……..…….......................Treasurer
Howard Neely…..……………….…..…..Senior Deacon 
Joseph Thomas……….………..…..…..Junior Deacon 
Dock M. Horne…………………….....…Senior Steward
Joseph Thomas………………..….…....Junior Stewards
Harry H. Brockingto……………….….. Chaplain
Ernest Lloyd ……………………………Marshall                                                                Frank Wright  ……………………..…...Tyler

Other members not mentioned on the dispensation and yet chartered members are:

DeWitt Walker, Joseph McDonald, James walker and Emanuel Wade.

    On September 22, 1947, the Lodge Initiated, Passed, and 'Raised' six candidates.' The month of October, 1947, was historical in that Tyre Lodge No.29 observed "Prince Hall Day" on October 10th, participated in the celebration of the "Centennial Anniversary" of the Grand Lodge, and attended the 'Proceedings' of the 100th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall United Grand Lodge, F&AM of the state of New Jersey. During the month of October, 1948, 'Dispensation' was granted for the Lodge to relocate to its present home, 188 Belmont Avenue, now 190 Irvine Turner Boulevard. Authorization was also given to change meeting dates to the first and third Monday of each month. To establish a "Craftsman School of Instruction," and to draw up a set of 'By-Laws' for the Lodge. The month of December, 1948, was also rewarding for the members of Tyre Lodge became active, as a 'Subordinate Lodge’ of the New Jersey Prince Hall Family. 

    The years immediately following were sometimes stormy due to internal and financial strife. However, the persistence of some of the Brethren to continue Masonic work and to maintain brotherly love prevailed. The Lodge began to progress slowly, having many small, but significant social functions, participating in community activities, and giving support to other Subordinate Lodges, socially, morally and sometimes, financially. The membership of the Lodge began to slowly increase and at one time during the early and middle 1970's, the total number of members exceeded the 100 mark. The relatively new membership was somewhat younger, more talented and better trained; and the older members were not too proud to capitalize on their trained minds and expertise. With a combination of new and vibrant excitement and ideas of the new members, coupled with the expertise and wisdom of the older members, resulted in the needed combination for the Lodge to begin to move forward.

    In future years, if the Lodge Membership continues to work together in peace and harmony, garnished with brotherly love, friendship and financial support, no reasonable task or goal will be insurmountable. 

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Tyre Lodge No.29, F.& A.M., P.H.A.
190 Irvine Turner Blvd
Newark, NJ 07108

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