145 years ago today - Jun 4, 1879

John Taylor and apostles decline to allow Elijah Abel to receive the temple endowment because he is Negroid, even though Abel received the Melchizedek priesthood with Joseph Smith's authorization. This African-American regularly attends his Seventy's quorum meetings and serves a proselytizing mission just before his death.

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

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