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Whole books have been written about the Masonic imagery on buildings around the District. Many of their cornerstones were laid with Masonic ceremonies involving oil, wine and corn.

“All five statues in front of the White House are Freemasons,” Mr. Courtney said. “Every single one of the statues on Virginia Avenue are as well. Masonry is ingrained in the city and in the American culture.”

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