"B" is for Baha'is

Nov 23, 2017

Credit SC Public Radio

"B" is for Baha'is. Founded in 1844 as an outgrowth of the, Babi faith, the Baha'i faith is one of the world's youngest religions. Among its principles are the oneness of humankind, the common foundation of all religions, religion and science as integral parts of the truth, the equality of men and women, and the elimination of prejudice of all kinds. Charlestonian Louis G. Gregory introduced Baha'i teachings into South Carolina. Gregory was the son of a slave and a 1902 graduate of Howard University Law School. He made mission trips across the South. Gregory became internationally renowned in Baha'i circles hence the William Louis Gregory Baha'i Institute and radio station WLGI in Hemingway. As of 2004, there were 17,530 followers in South Carolina—one of the largest concentrations of Bahia's in the country