Masonic conference kicks off with decorations on presidential statues

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - You might have noticed the George Washington statue in downtown Rapid City got a new article of clothing Friday, all to kick off the conference of the Grand Masters of Masons.

Masonic aprons went onto 14 presidential statues Friday who were Masons in their day.

For the past 4 years, Visit Rapid City along with the Masons of South Dakota have prepared to host the Masters of Masons conference right here in Rapid City.

The five day long events include a trip to Mount Rushmore, re-enactors from Deadwood alive, and a performance from the Rapid City Orchestra.

Organizers plan to have 66 jurisdictions of masons and more than 800 members and their wives at the conference and they were excited to get President Washington prepared for the event.

"We thought what better way than to take the 14 presidents and the presidential statues that were Masons and put the masonic aprons on so they were ready for the conference," says Mike Rodman the planning director.

Along with the aprons, was the bible George Washington used to become a mason back in the day.