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Joseph Freeman becomes 1st black Mormon priest in 1978....
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June 12, 1978
THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 12, 1978
* Joseph Freeman Jr. w/ photo
* 1st black Melchizedek Priest
* Mormons - Mormonism
The bottom of the front page has a one column photo of Joseph Freeman Jr. with brief text. (see) Page 16 has a one column heading under: "Around the Nation" with: "Mormon Church Ordains First Black Since 1800's" (see)
Complete with 72 pages, a little central fold wear on the front page, nice condition.
wikipedia notes: Joseph Freeman, Jr. (born July 24, 1952) was the first man of black African descent to receive the Melchizedek priesthood and be ordained an elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) after the announcement of the 1978 Revelation on Priesthood, which allowed "all worthy male members of the Church" to "be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color."
Category: The 20th Century