Members of the Baha'i faith will gather in Charleston this
weekend for the opening of the Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Museum, 2
Desportes Court, which will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The museum is named for the late Louis G. Gregory, one of the
best-known figures in the faith's 158-year history. Gregory was born
and reared in Charleston, the son of two former slaves. He joined
the Baha'i faith in 1909 and became one of the faith's best-known
worldwide advocates. The Louis G. Gregory Institute in Hemingway,
the first full-time Baha'i institute in the United States, was named
after him, too.
The museum is in a small, two-story house in a historic
neighborhood of homes built by freed slaves. It is the same home
where Gregory lived for much of his youth. Charleston Baha'is bought
the house at auction in 1989.
The museum features displays of Gregory's personal effects,
photos and correspondence, as well as exhibits about the Baha'i
faith and its history worldwide. The museum sign is being designed
by noted Charleston blacksmith Phillip Simmons.
The Baha'i faith is one of the youngest of the world's religions,
practiced by more than 5 million people in 235 countries. It was
founded by Baha'ullah, a Persian nobleman who died in 1892. The
central theme of Baha'i teaching is that humanity is one single race
and that the day has come for its unification in one global
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