Bible was used during Washington's inauguration
Students at Tennyson Middle School on December 5 got an up close and personal look at a priceless piece of history. The Bible used during the inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States was on display at the school.
The Bible is the property of St. Johns Lodge No. 1, A.Y.M. of New York City. Its presence at Tennyson was made possible by Jerry Martin, current deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge of Texas who asked that the Bible be brought to Waco for the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Texas. George Washington joined the Freemason fraternity in approximately 1752.
"Learning history can sometimes be boring for students," said Mary Duty who teaches social studies at Tennyson. "For students to be able to see this historic artifact firsthand makes history come alive. The students get enthused and learning improves."
Following the Grand Lodge meeting in Waco, the Bible will be displayed at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and State Capitol in Austin.