Remembering the First African American Bahá'í


It is with great pleasure that we share with you news that a befitting monument has been approved for the gravesite of Mr. Robert C. Turner—the first African American to embrace the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh, a believer so outstanding as to be designated a Disciple of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Herald of the Covenant by Shoghi Effendi. We offer our sincere gratitude to the devoted friends who have committed their time and resources as members of the project’s task force and to the Spiritual Assembly of Burlingame, California, which serves as its institutional sponsor. 

…any excess monies going to teaching efforts reaching African Americans—as well as to ask the friends to consider dedicating their teaching efforts for a period of time to Mr. Turner’s memory, especially those focused on reaching out to African American populations.

– Excerpts from National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States letter, June 15, 2021

If you would like to donate to the project, checks or bank Bill Pay may be addressed to:

Burlingame Bahá’í Fund, earmarked Robert Turner Memorial Project (RTM Proj)
1210 Bellevue, #207, Burlingame, CA 94010

Remembering the First African American Bahá'í