“The Ordination of Q. Walker Lewis”
24 x32 oil on board (2017)
Q. Walker Lewis was one of the few black men ordained to the priesthood during Joseph Smith’s lifetime prior to the 1852 ban of black Africans from LDS priesthood offices and temple ordinances. Walker Lewis was an abolitionist who joined the Church in Massachusetts and was ordained to the priesthood in 1843 by William Smith or Parley P Pratt. Brigham Young called Walker Lewis “one of the best elders.” To my knowledge there are no known images of Walker Lewis. I don’t pretend to know what he looked like (there are no photos I could find) but I wanted to put a face to the name to honor him and help others understand LDS history better. Some are unaware of those of African ancestry who were ordained to priesthood offices in early LDS Church history. I painted him looking straight at the viewer to cause the viewer to engage with him and not know nor forget him.
This original painting comes framed in a 3.5 inch brown/grey frame.
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