Mormon History, Mar 26, 1847

[Black History] Brigham Young confronts Black Indian member, William McCary, concerning his erratic behavior and says "its nothing to do with the blood for of one blood has God made all flesh, we have to repent (and) regain what we av [sic] lostwe av [sic] one of the best Elders an African in Lowell [i.e., Walker Lewis]." This positive reference to an African Priesthood holder in the context of "its nothing to do with the blood" appears to indicate that no ban existed as of this date.

[source: Crapo, Richley, Chronology Pertaining to Blacks and the LDS Priesthood,]

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