The Inspiration for a Masonic Museum

Earley W. Bridges and others from Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. traveled to Mt. Vernon to place a lambskin apron on the tomb of George Washington.On February 22, 1932, the country celebrated the Bicentennial of the birth of George Washington, our nation’s President and the Worshipful Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M. To commemorate this occasion, a group of ten officers, fourteen members and twenty-six visitors from Greensboro Lodge No.76, A.F. & A.M. traveled to Alexandria Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M. to hold a Special Communication.

The trip to Mt. Vernon had a profound impact on Earley W. Bridges and served as the catalyst for the creation of a museum. Interested primarily in masonic mementos, he brought back to Greensboro several Washington medals and a miniature of the trowel used by Washington to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. Less than a month later, Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. passed a resolution on March 10, 1932 to establish the Greensboro Masonic Museum and appointed Earley W. Bridges its first Custodian. These masonic mementos and the apron presented at Mt. Vernon and later returned to Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. formed the nucleus of the museum’s collection.

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