The Birthplace of Freemasonry in Alabama
By Ken Carpenter, PM
On Saturday, 25 August, 2012 Helion Lodge celebrated the Charter Bicentennial of the beginning of Freemasonry in Alabama by honoring our fore-brothers of one of Helion’s Lodge’s Lodge of origin, Madison Lodge No. 21 of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, chartered on 28 August, 1812 in Huntsville, Mississippi Territory. It was my privilege to serve as the Bicentennial Chairman, both our 2011 Dispensation Bicentennial and 2012 Charter Bicentennial events. It is my esteemed honor to serve as Master during this, our Charter Bicentennial year. As the Brothers of Madison Lodge were among the leaders of government, education, agriculture, crafts, the arts, and commerce in Huntsville, Madison County, the Mississippi Territory, and the State of Alabama, as were the Brothers of Helion’s other Lodge of origin, Alabama Lodge No. 21 of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, so we, the Brothers of Helion Lodge, endeavor to represent the ethics and values of Freemasonry in our service to our country, county, city and state, and to each other, as did our fore-brothers.
The individual initiative of our Brothers have resulted in Helion’s participation in numerous community events and activities such as the MDA Telethon, Adopt-A-Mile program, a sizeable contribution to the Madison County Veteran’s Memorial, and a variety of awareness walks including the Walk to Defeat ALS, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Walk for Autism, Walk to Fight Diabetes, and the American Cancer Association’s Relay for Life. Such service has been recognized by the Masonic Service Association of North America, resulting in Helion Lodge being the recipient of the North American Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award for three consecutive years (2008 - 2010). In addition, such service was noticed by the Mayor of Huntsville, Tommy Battle, who proclaimed our Bicentennial Celebration day, 25 August, as “Helion Lodge No. 1 Day” in the City of Huntsville. In all these activities, as well as our bicentennial celebrations, the Brothers of Helion Lodge reflect the ideals of working in harmony; a “society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist …”.
As Huntsville attracts military and civilian professionals from throughout the nation and the world, we are delighted to receive our visiting Masonic Brothers from other Grand Lodge jurisdictions. You will find your Masonic “home away from home” among us, in the center of one of the finest antebellum districts in the nation.
K. A. Carpenter, WM,