King Tyre Lodge NO. 292 of the 31st Masonic District

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King Tyre Lodge NO. 292 of the 31st Masonic District


Organization established 1946


Roots of the group date to December 15, 1875. In 1946 a group of Masons moved away from their home lodges and formed a lodge at the First Baptist Church. Leaders of the movement were Charles R. Dale, the Rev. Wallace E. Costner, and the Rev. Columbus C. Wilson.
The lodge is “subordinate to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall of Virginia;” Prince Hall is the Father of Black Masonry in the United States.
From the lodge website: Many rumors of the birth of Prince Hall have arisen. “Few records and papers have been found of him either in Barbados where it was rumored that he was born, but no record of birth, by church or state, has been found there, and none in Boston. All 11 countries of the day were searched and churches with baptismal records were examined without a find of the name of Prince Hall.”
The first recorded meeting of the group was on Thursday, June 27, 1946, and was attended by Rev. C.C. Wilson, Rev. W. E. Costner, Messrs. Charles Dale, William Johnson, Frank Tinner, Harold Young, Fredrick Hinson, Zack Kenner, Colbert Hunter, James Johnson, George Hynson, and Charles D. Richardson. Reverend Henry, of the Little Zion Baptist Church, attended and gave the group instructions on the formation of a Masonic Club. At this meeting, members elected a president and secretary, Charles R. Dale and Fredrick L. Hinson respectfully; of what would soon become King Tyre Masonic lodge.

A two-story red-brick building was constructed in 1966; it is 2,688 sq. ft. above grade and was valued at $646,400 in 2021 but has tax-exempt status


Fairfax County Deed Book 01279, page 0526

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6714 James Lee St., Falls Church, Va. 22042
Parcel No. 0504 06 0005 (written mistakenly as Lodge 292 King Tyree); legal description is James Lee Senior Estate, lot 5



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“King Tyre Lodge NO. 292 of the 31st Masonic District,” Fairfax County African American History Inventory, accessed April 19, 2024,