Louis Gregory Bahá'í Museum to open in Charleston
First Bahá'í museum in North America is also the historic city's first to honor any individualThe Louis G. Gregory Bahá'í Museum, which will be dedicated in Charleston, SC, on February 8, is the culmination of the dream of members of the Bahá'í Faith in South Carolina and around the world to honor Gregory as one of the most distinguished figures in their religion's 158-year history and a pre-eminent champion of the faith's central principle of the unity of the human race.
"This city was the main port of entry for North America's enslaved Africans and it witnessed the opening shots of the Civil War," she said. "It is poignant that the first person so honored would be a descendant of enslaved Africans who dedicated his life to harmony among the races."
The Louis G. Gregory Bahá'í Museum, located at 2 Desportes Court, is a small, two-story frame house in the heart of the Charleston peninsula, in an historic neighborhood of houses built by freedmen. Louis' family moved there sometime after he was eleven years old, when his widowed mother married George Gregory, the beloved stepfather whose name he took.
Schools, centers, projects, and other undertakings across the globe have been named after Louis Gregory. They include the Louis G. Gregory Institute in Hemingway, SC, that was the first full-time Bahá'í institute established in the US. And on its grounds is Radio Bahá'í, the first Bahá'í radio station in North America, which operates with the call letters WLGI. They are well known in the area as resources for people of all races and economic classes as well as religious groups and community organizations.
In addition, hundreds of Bahá'ís of all colors and cultures around the world bear Louis Gregory's name. The Charleston Bahá'ís have, in fact, sent out a call to the Bahá'ís of the world to send photos of those namesakes for a montage to show the influence of this deeply loved and emulated man.
A brief biography of Louis Gregory is available for further studies.
For more information on the Louis Gregory Museum, please visit www.louisgregorymuseum.org.
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