Several leaders from Masonic lodges across the state were present for the recent installation of leadership at the Eureka Lodge 30 in Madison. Bottom row, left to right: R. W. Grand Senior Warden Gary Williams; Most Worshipful Grand Master Otis Dodson; Worshipful Master of Eureka Lodge 30 Ray Livers; R. W. Deputy Grand Master Clyde Bailey. Top row, left to right: Junior Deacon of Eureka Lodge 30 Yarnelle O’Banion; Seceretary of Eureka Lodge 30 Michael C. Cosby; Grand lodge Credential Committee Member Stanley Hill Sr.; Treasurer of Eureka Lodge 30 Daniel Payne Jr.; Past Master of Eureka Lodge 30 Nathan Davis; Junior Warden of Eureka Lodge 30 Leon Perry Sr.; Chairman of Grand Lodge Grievance and Appeals Ted A. Burch. (Submitted photo)
Several leaders from Masonic lodges across the state were present for the recent installation of leadership at the Eureka Lodge 30 in Madison. Bottom row, left to right: R. W. Grand Senior Warden Gary Williams; Most Worshipful Grand Master Otis Dodson; Worshipful Master of Eureka Lodge 30 Ray Livers; R. W. Deputy Grand Master Clyde Bailey. Top row, left to right: Junior Deacon of Eureka Lodge 30 Yarnelle O’Banion; Seceretary of Eureka Lodge 30 Michael C. Cosby; Grand lodge Credential Committee Member Stanley Hill Sr.; Treasurer of Eureka Lodge 30 Daniel Payne Jr.; Past Master of Eureka Lodge 30 Nathan Davis; Junior Warden of Eureka Lodge 30 Leon Perry Sr.; Chairman of Grand Lodge Grievance and Appeals Ted A. Burch. (Submitted photo)
The Eureka Masonic Lodge No. 30 has been a fixture in Madison since the late 19th century, and while some aspects of the organization have changed, what it offers its members hasn't.

The lodge was historically known as King Solomon's Lodge No. 2 of the Prince Hall Masons, and was the third black Masonic Lodge to organize in Indiana.

Ray Livers, worshipful master of the lodge, said at the time churches and lodges were two of only a few places black people were openly welcomed.

"There were only a few things blacks could attend," Livers sad.

In recent years, Masonic membership has dropped across the country, and it's become more difficult to attract new members.

Jason Perry is the Eureka Lodge's youngest member. The 37-year-old said he joined the lodge for the same reason as his predecessors.

"The brotherhood," Perry said. He said he also enjoys the tradition of the lodge.

On April 26, a Unity Day celebration will be held in Indianapolis, celebrating the Grand Lodge of Indiana and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Indiana. Several members from the Eureka Lodge will attend.