Saint Without Priesthood : The Collected Testimonies of Ex-Slave Samuel D. Chambers
Hartley, William G.
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Samuel D. Chambers, long-time black member of the Church, converted to Mormonism in 1844 while a slave youth, and though illiterate and soon isolated from other members of the faith, remained true to its teachings for 25 years, until circumstances permitted him to emigrate to Salt Lake City. He soon became a Deacon, but being black prohibited advancement in the priesthood. Contains publication of minutes of his testimonies during 1873-76, primarily consisting of thanks to God and the Church for the good life he enjoyed.