Black Mormon

Nov 4, 2013

In 1836, Elijah Ables, a man of mixed-race, was ordained to the priesthood of the Mormon Church. He was a committed friend of Joseph Smith, and Ables dedicated himself to the faith. But in his lifetime, he'd see the Church ban blacks from full membership and his adopted home of Utah become a slave-holding territory. Historian Russell Stevenson has written a biography of Elijah AblesĀ and he joins Doug to talk about Ables' life and Mormonism's racial history. (Rebroadcast)

Russell Stevenson is an independent historian. He's worked for the LDS Church Archives and as an instructor at Salt Lake Community College. His book is calledĀ Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables