Giblem Lodge

Saving Wilmington's 1st Black Masonic Lodge
Click here to donate to the Giblem Lodge Rehabilitation Fund.

The cornerstone of Giblem Lodge was laid in 1871. The Historic Wilmington Foundation 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 Prince Hall Masons seek to preserve their c. 1871 building so that it may serve as a revitalized center for the expression of Black history and culture in Wilmington. Giblem has always served as a community hub and meeting hall, fostering Black economic, civic, and educational advancement. The site of NC’s first “Colored Industrial Exposition” in 1875, Giblem went on to be utilized as Wilmington’s Black library during segregation. HWF is working with the Masons to return this structure to prominence as a cultural center and meeting hall, with the inclusion of an exhibit space for Black history. After Giblem’s rehabilitation is complete, the Lodge will once again serve the community as a space to support Black economic growth, youth education, cultural enrichment, philanthropy, and political action.

Giblem Lodge’s rehabilitation is made possible through the generous support of:

  • Marion Stedman Covington Foundation ($15,000)
  • North Carolina Community Foundation’s 1898 Memorial Fund ($1,160)
  • Residents of Old Wilmington ($4,625)
  • Patriot Roofing Company (~$4,100, in-kind)
photo (above): Giblem Lodge exterior

A community-based task force is facilitating the rehabilitation process, applying for grant funding, and organizing fundraising efforts. The task force consists of representatives from:

  • Giblem Lodge No. 2
  • Historic Wilmington Foundation
  • Burnett-Eaton Museum Foundation
  • NAACP
  • Third Person Project
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Sokoto House
  • North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
  • City of Wilmington’s Commission on African-American History
  • New Hanover County’s Commission on African American History, Heritage, & Culture
photo (above): Travis Gilbert (left), HWF Executive Director, with Raymond Mott (right), Giblem Lodge’s former Most Worshipful Grand Master

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 (taken by HWF), below!