170 years ago today - Oct 4, 1851

While in Salt Lake City, African American Elder Walker Lewis received his Patriarchal Blessing from Patriarch to the Church, John Smith (son of Hyrum Smith). He is declared of the "tribe of Canan" [Canaan].

[Patriarch Blessings Books in LDS Church Archives, Vol. 11, p. 326, Patriarchal Blessings Book, referenced in LDS (or related) Documents on Walker Lewis, the Lowell, Mass. Branch of the Mormon Church and its missionaries and members, and the Priesthood Ban against Blacks, Compiled by Connell O'Donovan, http://people.ucsc.edu/~odonovan/Mormon_Chronology.html]

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