Persons of all languages, and of every tongue, and of every color; who shall with us worship the Lord of Hosts in his holy temple, and offer up their orisons in his sanctuary.” ( Joseph Smith says Elijah Abel is Part of a Group Sent to Rescue Him Joseph Smith is arrested and “Hosea Stout, Tarleton Lewis, William A. 1842 Joseph Smith Journal as quoted in Bush and Mauss (Signature Books, 1984), p.
62] Joseph Smith Writes His Famous Letter about Slavery “It makes my blood boil.” In speaking of slavery, Smith writes this emotional letter expressing how he feels about slavery.
Samuel Chambers Baptized by Preston Thomas Samuel Chambers is baptized at the age of 13.
The baptism is done in secret because Samuel is a slave.
This manifesto calls for the “removal” of the Mormons.
Among other things it says: “In a late number of the Star, published in Independence by the leaders of the sect, there is an article inviting free Negroes and mulattoes from other states to become “Mormons,” and remove and settle among us. It manifests a desire on the part of their society, to inflict on our society an injury that they know would be to us entirely insupportable, and one of the surest means of driving us from the country; for it would require none of the supernatural gifts that they pretend to, to see that the introduction of such a caste among us would corrupt our blacks, and instigate them to bloodshed.””…we believe it a duty we owe to ourselves, our wives, and children, to the cause of public morals, to remove them from among us, as we are not prepared to give up our pleasant places and goodly possessions to them or to receive into the bosom of our families, as fit companions for wives and daughters, the degraded and corrupted free Negroes and mulattos that are now invited to settle among us.””…we agree to use such means as may be sufficient to remove them, and to that and we each pledge to each other are bodily powers, our lives, fortunes and sacred honors.” D&C 1 Revealed 79: Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
The church had reneged on an earlier decision to forbid members to own slaves. At the age of 15 Green is baptized, but remains a slave.
Green remains a faithful member of the Church throughout his life.
Elijah Abel Listed in the In the June issue of the Messenger and Advocate, the elders in Kirtland Ohio are listed. Elijah Abel Ordained a Seventy In December Elijah is ordained a Seventy by Zebedee Coltrin.Cinque and his men are captured and brought back to the United States.John Quincy Adams, at the age of 73, argues their case successfully before the U. Supreme Court: they are freed and returned to Africa.Walker Lewis Ordained an Elder There are two conflicting accounts of the ordination of Lewis, a black man in Lowell, MA. Joseph Smith Runs for President Campaigns on an anti-slavery platform.According to a letter from William Appleby to Brigham Young dated June 2, 1847, William Smith, brother to Joseph Smith, ordains him, but according to Jane Elizabeth James written Feb. “[We] hold[s] these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal;…but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin than ours.” Joseph proposes the sale of public lands to pay for the release of every slave and to abolish slavery by 1850.