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1947 May Clarence Iverson visited the Bahamas, the first recorded visit to the islands by a Bahá’í. Bahamas First Bahais by country or area; Islands
1953 Oct Gail and Gerald Curwin with their daughter Leeanna and Maurice and Ethel Holmes arrived in Nassau and were named Knights of Bahá’u’lláh for the Bahamas Islands. [BW13:449] Nassau; Bahamas Knights of Bahaullah; Islands; Gail Curwin; Ethel Holmes; Gerald Curwin; Maurice Holmes
1954 Jan Andrew and Mina Matthisen arrived in the Bahamas and were named Knights of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:449] Bahamas; Caribbean Knights of Bahaullah; Islands
1954 Oct The first person to become a Bahá’í in Nassau, Bahamas, Winfield Small, a young police officer from Barbados, enrolled.
  • Mr Small opened Barbados to the Faith.
  • Nassau; Bahamas; Barbados First Bahais by country or area
    1955 Apr The first person to become a Bahá’í in the Bahamas, Molly Newbold, enrolled.
  • As she did not remain a Bahá’í, Arnold Wells, a tinsmith who became a Bahá’í on 20 April, is regarded as the first Bahá’í. Christine Thompson, who owned a small fruit and vegetable shop, and Frank Ferguson, who owned a gas station, also enrolled on 20 April.
  • Bahamas First Bahais by country or area; Islands
    1955 Ridván The first local spiritual assembly in the Bahamas was formed in Nassau. Nassau; Bahamas Local Spiritual Assembly
    1975 2 May The first teaching institute of the Bahamas took place in Nassau. [BW16:207] Nassau; Bahamas Teaching institutes; Firsts, Other; Islands
    1978 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahamas was formed with its seat in Nassau. [BW17:162, 348] Nassau; Bahamas National Spiritual Assembly, formation
    1987 16 – 17 Jan The first Youth Conference of the Bahamas was held with representation from three islands. [BINS173:9] Bahamas Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Youth; First conferences
    1987 Mar The first Bahá’í Winter School held on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, took place. [BINS164:11] San Salvador Island; Bahamas First summer and winter schools

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