Last Wednesday, Freemasons celebrated the placement of a new marker and interpretive panel at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood that provides information on the Celestial Lodge found in the Masonic section of the cemetery. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that high-ranking South Dakota Masons from the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, including Grand Master of the Masons of South Dakota Mike Rodman, conducted a rededication ceremony alongside members of the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, who created the signs.
The panel reads that the tiler, pillars, altar, and Worshipful Master embodies the physical representation of a Celestial Lodge, which is only one of two of its kind found in the United States. The ceremony consisted of Masons marching around the lodge and pouring corn, wine, and oil upon the monument, which Rodman claims has been performed for hundreds of years. This year marks 300 years of modern-day Freemasonry.