March 16, 2020

In direct response to the growing concerns surrounding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic that is spreading across the country, the 11th Biennial Symbolic Reopening of African Lodge No. 459, scheduled to commence on April 24 through April 26, 2020, has been postponed at this time. A new date will be announced shortly.

This announcement is in accordance with limitations on group activities as dictated by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Boston, and the Center for Disease Control. We believe this is a prudent decision. We must all take proactive measures in the best interest of the overall health, safety, and welfare of our brethren and our surrounding communities.

For those who have already submitted registration fee payments for the reopening events, two options are available:
1. You may request a refund by sending an email to and making it clear that you would like a refund; or
2. We will apply your payment towards registration for the new date of the
reopening event.

Updates and changes relative to the Biennial Reopening of African Lodge No. 459 continue to be available at this website. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Please remember to also check your emails for any future updates.

R. W. Manuel R. Pires
Chairman, African Lodge No. 459