Mount Everest Lodge No.1 was known as Model Lodge N0.1 from 1921 to 1935. It holds the grand honor of being the oldest Prince Hall Masonic Lodge chartered under the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Mexico.
In the early years, Mount Everest Lodge No.1 met regularly above a funeral home on 2nd street in downtown Albuquerque. Sometime in the 60’s era the funeral home burned down completely to the ground, destroying the business and the lodge entirely. After the fire Mount Everest held their meetings inside the local churches throughout out the community until 1971 when they regularly started meeting at 901 Edith blvd SE.
During the 70’s Albuquerque hosted two Masonic Lodges. One is Mount Everest Lodge No.1 & the other Henry N. Wall Jr. Lodge No.2. Henry N. Wall jr. Lodge No.2 met regularly on Kirtland Air Force Base. In 1974 under the direction of Worshipful Master James A. Lewis Mount Everest Lodge No.1 performed the cornerstone laying at Mount Olive Baptist Church which still hold services to date and is located at the corner of Gibson and University blvd SE in Albuquerque, NM. In 1983 Mount Everest Lodge N0.1 & Henry N. Wall Jr. Lodge N0.2 merged and became one lodge. They meet regularly in Albuquerque.
On November 16, 1996, over 250 brothers from all across New Mexico gathered in Santa Fe, NM. The purpose of the meeting was to sign a compact between the two Grand Lodges of Free Masons that met regularly in this state. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New Mexico and The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New Mexico will establish, and implement, full and complete Masonic recognition and visitation between the two organizations. Our very on PGM Harold H. Bendaw was then, the sitting, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New Mexico.
Mt. Everest Lodge No. 1 was chartered on September 20, 1921 under the hand and seal of the Most Worshipful Grand Master T. B. J. Barclay and his officers. Charter members of Mt. Everest Lodge were: J.B. Delyle, Worshipful Master, E.C. Bonds, Senior Warden and Deland Woods, Junior Warden.
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