In 1791, Prince Hall was made a Provincial Grand Master by the Premier Grand Lodge of England, which enabled him to later organize a lodge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1797 at the request of Rev. Absalom Jones, and in Providence, Rhode Island, both under the same charter and name, African Lodge No. 459, although the Providence lodge was later named Hiram Lodge #3. After Prince Hall's death on December 4th, 1807(the obituary wasn't listed until three days later), the three lodges came together and on June 24th,1808, formed the first African Grand Lodge. Upon the emergence of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813, The African Grand Lodge, like many others, was stricken from the rolls due to "lack of contact" and after being refused acknowledgement by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, declared istelf an independent Grand Lodge, just as the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts had done 45 years earlier. African Grand Lodge was later named the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in honor of its founder and first Grand Master and since that time, every state Grand Lodge born out of the original has incorporated Prince Hall's name and are all styled The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of (State) with the exception of Florida, titled The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge, and Mississippi, titled The Most Worshipful Stringer Grand Lodge. Over the years, there have been many doubts of Prince Hall Masonry's legitimacy in our mystic circle and some have claimed that the brothers that formed African Lodge No. 459 did not have the right to form a Grand Lodge, even though there are examples of this being an acceptable custom during the time by other Grand Lodges.