Sunday, 24 June 2012

Gibraltar hosts Freemasonry symposium

Spanish Freemasons form triangle,
1930s (Image: PARES)
GIBRALTAR The 13th Symposium on Spanish Freemasonry is scheduled for the Caleta Hotel from October 11 to 13 this year. The founder and Honorary President of the Center for Historic Studies on Spanish Freemasonry (CEHME in its Spanish acronym), José Antonio Ferrer Benimeli, and its present President, José Miguel Delgado Idarreta, where on the Rock on Thursday to announce the event, which will be held under the title 'Gibraltar, Cadiz, America and Freemasonry; Constitutionalism and Freedom of the Press 1812-2012'.>>>The presentation took place at Garrison Library and included a short lecture by Ferrer Benimeli on the history of Freemasonry in Spain and its many links with Gibraltar. The second half of the 19th Century, and as a result of the Spanish revolution of 1868, the province and its capital, Cádiz, but principally the Campo de Gibraltar, saw the establishment of the first pioneering Lodges in Spain.

The symposium is being organized by Keith Sheriff, an historian and teacher of History, who has been instrumental in bringing it to the Rock and is closely supported by his counterpart in Algeciras, Antonio Morales.

(Watch this space for a short history of Freemasonry in Spain, which was severely persecuted by the Franco regime. The poster shows how Franco classed it together with Communism and Jewry, among many other 'evils')

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