180 years ago today - Sep 9, 1843

"The branches of the church at New England reported in the forenoon meeting of the conference in Boston, this day…Elder Benjamin F. Grouard [a black member of the church apparently the branch representative] from Lowell Branch represented that there were 48 members in good standing in that branch and that much interest was manifested in the work, but that no Elder able to speak was there at present." Woodruff Journal – "Elder B.F. Gruid represented the Lowel Branch consisting of Members 48". [That odd phrase, "no Elder able to speak" could be a reference to Walker Lewis being an Elder but not being allowed to act as one.]

[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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