Cornerstone Dedications

Building up the Community

Public notice posted on September 8, 1924 in Greensboro Daily NewsFollowing in the tradition of the operative masons who built the great cathedrals in Europe several thousand years ago, speculative Masons have participated in the laying of cornerstones. This ceremony, one of the few held in public, was very common during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. The cornerstones of hundreds of religious, civic and other public buildings have been laid with Masonic Ceremonies. Perhaps the most famous being the laying of cornerstone of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. by George Washington.

Greensboro Masons laid or assisted in the laying of cornerstones shortly after Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. was chartered. Below is a partial timeline of local buildings dedicated by Masons, several of which are still standing.

First Presbyterian Church c.1900August 14, 1830
Methodist Church, 300 block of S. Elm Street.

August 20, 1843
Building at Methodist Female College (now Greensboro College)

June 23, 1858
Guilford County Court House.

December 23, 1890
First Presbyterian Church (now the Greensboro Historical Museum)

April 4, 1891
King’s Daughters Hospital on Greene Street

November 5, 1891
North Carolina Blast Furnace

May 25, 1908
McIver Memorial Building at State Normal College (now UNC-G)

January 12, 1912
Masonic and Eastern Star Home

May 22, 1918
Guilford County Court House

June 30, 1921
Y.W.C.A. building

September 8, 1924
Municipal Building

Cornerstone at McIver Building, UNC-GMarch 20, 1928
Greensboro Masonic Temple, 424 West Market Street
Cornerstone contained the following items:
Documents relating to Greensboro Lodge No. 76 A.F. & A.M.
Documents relating to Corinthian Lodge No. 542, A.F. & A.M.
Documents relating to Guilford Lodge No. 656, A.F. & A.M.
Documents relating to Chorazin Chapter No. 13, Royal .Arch Masons of the York Rite.
Documents relating to Greensboro Council No. 3, Royal and Select Masters of the York Rite.
Documents relating to Ivanhoe Commandery No. 8, Knights  Templar of the York Rite
Documents relating to Guilford Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star
Documents relating to Gate City No. 2, White Shrine of Jerusalem
History and photographs of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home
History of the cornerstone
Chamber of Commerce literature and photographs of Greensboro
Envelope containing coin from Frank C. Boyles of the American Exchange National Bank
Issues of Greensboro Masonic Messenger
March 28, 1928 issues of the Greensboro Daily News and Daily Record

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