James R. Morgan III is a highly respected historian, author, and Prince Hall Freemason who has dedicated his career to preserving the rich history of African American Freemasonry. A graduate of Howard University with a degree in Communications and African American History, James has spent years researching and documenting the contributions of Prince Hall Freemasons to the history of America.
As the current Worshipful Grand Historian & Archivist for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, James is responsible for managing the organization's vast collection of Masonic artifacts, books, and documents. His deep knowledge and expertise in African American Freemasonry make him a sought-after speaker and scholar, and he has presented his research at numerous conferences and events.
James is an Honorary Fellow of the Phylaxis Research Society, a prestigious organization dedicated to the study of African American Freemasonry. He is also a member of the James Dent Walker Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), where he contributes his knowledge and expertise to the preservation of African American history.
In addition to his work as a historian and archivist, James is also a prolific author. His book “The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906)” is a groundbreaking work that explores the role of African American Freemasons in the development of the American West. The book has received critical acclaim and has been praised for its insightful analysis and meticulous research.
As a guest on the Historical Light Masonic podcast, James brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the discussion of African American Freemasonry. His deep understanding of the history and significance of this important cultural institution makes him an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring the rich history of African American Freemasonry.