Remembering the First African American Bahá'í


Robert Turner is Buried in Cypress Lawn Cemetery

Section D, Lot 141.
1370 El Camino Real
Colma, California 94014

Phone (650) 755-0580

The location of the monument is in the East Side Gardens within section “D”, easily accessible by car. After turning into the East Campus on Cypress Ave, head straight after passing through the archway. In about 250 feet, make a left into section “D”. The location of the gravesite is marked on the map below along with others you might consider visiting.


There are a few parking spaces close to the site and ample parking on El Camino Real, before passing through the archway.

Self-Guided Tour

  1. Phoebe Hearst Corner of sections “E” and “H”
    Referred to by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as ‘the servant of Bahá, the “Mother of the Faithful”’. In 1898 she funded the Pilgrimage of the first Western Bahá’í group, which consisted of 15 Bahá’ís including herself, Robert Turner, and Ella Goodall.
  2. Helen Goodall Section ES-H
    An early American Bahá’í and named one of the nineteen “Disciples of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, along with Robert Turner. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sent the Tablets of the Divine Plan to the United States, the Tablet to the Western States was sent in care of Helen Goodall. She helped establish the Bahá’í Faith on the west coast of the United States and in Hawaii.
  3. Ella Goodall Cooper Section ES-H
    Along with her mother, Helen Goodall, Ella was among the first Baha’is of California. They learned of the Faith from a niece of Phoebe Hearst. She was among the first American Bahá’í pilgrims and helped establish the first Bahá’í community in San Francisco/Oakland, California with her mother.
Remembering the First African American Bahá'í