150 years ago today - Aug 5, 1873

African-American Samuel Chambers tells a meeting of Salt Lake Stake deacon's quorum: "as I have been appointed a deacon I feel to fulfill my mission" On 8 Dec. 1874 he says that the gospel "is not only to the Gentiles but also to the African, for I am of that race." Denied priesthood ordination by LDS president from 1852 to 1978, some LDS African-Americans in Utah are officially appointed as "acting deacon."

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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