Robert Turner (1855/56 – 1909)

Sometime in 1898, Robert Turner became the first African-American member of the Bahá’í Faith.  He was the butler of Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, an early Bahá’í.   ‘Abdu’l-Bahá told Turner that “if he remained firm and steadfast until the end, he would be the door through which a whole race would enter the Kingdom.”

 

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