Ordained to the Priesthood before June 1978

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Ordained to the Priesthood before June 1978

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This item set tracks the total number of men of Black African descent who were ordained to the LDS priesthood before the June 1978 revelation again made such ordinations open to men of all races and ethnicities as they had been during Joseph Smith's lifetime. Some of the men in this item set passed as white and therefore those who ordained them were likely unaware that they were ordaining a person of Black African descent. The item set "Ordained to the Priesthood before June 1978, Passing" tracks the subset of men who were ordained but who our evidence indicates likely passed as white at the time of their ordination.

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