Washington D.C. – The First Racially Integrated Baha’i Community in North America – 1910

The following links are no longer working but I left them here as they still give some history. They were originally created for the Centenary Celebration of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to America. D.C. Baha’i Tour of Places – Includes many interesting stories which give insite into the early American Baha’is of African descent as well as some history of the integration of the the Baha’i Community of Washingtion D.C. beginning in 1910.

Home of Louis G. Gregory, Hand of the Cause (1874 – 1951)

Home of Robert Turner, the first American of African descent to recognize Baha’u’llah

Home of Mrs. Pocahontas Pope, a woman ‘Abdu’l-Baha described as the “first believer” of her race which is interpreted as refering to her First Nation, Haliwa-Saponi heritage.

The home of DC’s Weekly Intregrated Fireside, the Dyer Residence

The First Baha’i Center to Hold Intregrated Feast Welcome to the Washington Conservatory of Music where the first Baha’i Center located at the heart of an African Descent neighborhood was made use of. It held the first integrated Baha’i feasts outside of a private home. It was the Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression, founded in 1903 by concert pianist, entrepreneur and educator Harriet Gibbs Marshall (1868-1941), was one of the city’s earliest institutions promoting the arts for children and adults.