Remembering the First African American Bahá'í
In 1898, Robert Chaittle Turner became the American Bahá’í community’s first Black believer.

While passing through this physical plane, Robert Turner had few material possessions. The son of an enslaved mother, he lived humbly, so we know little about the details of his life. We remember him today not because of those temporal facts, but because of his radiant heart and his awakened spirit, which led him to his belief in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and the oneness of humanity, and conferred upon him the distinct honor of being the first Bahá’í of African descent in the West.

Remembering the First African American Bahá'í