Giblem LodgeSaving Wilmington's 1st Black Masonic Lodge
The cornerstone of Giblem Lodge was laid in 1871. HWF is partnering with the Masons to ensure that this historic building continues to serve our community long into the future.
Giblem Lodge is the second-oldest Black Masonic Temple in the state—and it still has an important role to play in the 21st century. The Masons seek to preserve their c. 1871 building to serve as a revitalized center for the expression of Black history and culture in Wilmington. Giblem has always served as a community center. The site of NC’s first “Colored Industrial Exposition,” Giblem was utilized as Wilmington’s Black library during segregation. The project is supported by the NC African American Heritage Commission, City of Wilmington’s Commission on African-American History, and New Hanover County’s Commission on African American History, Heritage, & Culture. HWF has prepared a local landmark application for Giblem Lodge (in progress), and is partnering with the Third Person Project to engage consultants and apply for grant funding. A generous grant from the Residents of Old Wilmington funded a structural engineer’s report, which has identified a critical path forward for Giblem Lodge’s continued use.
photo (above): Giblem Lodge exterior
photo credit (above): Cody Lee Aulidge
Port City Daily: First steps underway to restore Giblem Lodge
Take a (Virtual) Tour
Even now, prior to any restoration, Giblem Lodge is an awe-inspiring building. Take a virtual tour by exploring the photos, below!
Photo Credit: Historic Wilmington Foundation