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The Beginnings of the Bahá’í Faith in St. Louis

Sep 28, 2023
Photo of the St. Louis arch, seen framed by dark green trees on either side, with a walkway of green grass in the foreground. There is a scattering of clouds in the background. Photo by Chris Hardy on Unsplash.

Gateway Arch in St Louis MS. View from the park on a beautiful summer day. Photo by Chris Hardy on Unsplash

In May 2021, Behrad Majidi was one of three historians who spoke on a webinar about the Bahá’í histories of Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina. We have finally been able to edit and publish his pictorial history of Missouri through the year 1945, with some information about the Bahá’í Faith in the state today. Behrad’s thorough research includes details about philanthropist, feminist and suffragist Phoebe Hearst’s early life in the state before he became a Bahá’í and many 19th and early 20th century newspaper articles that mentioned the Faith, as well as details about the development of the Saint Louis community and formation of its local Spiritual Assembly.

The Beginnings of the Bahá’í Faith in St. Louis (PDF)



Behrad Majidi

Behrad Majidi has lived with his wife in St. Louis, Missouri since 1987 and has been involved with the St. Louis Bahá’í historical archives and researched the early history of the Bahá’í Faith in St. Louis and Missouri. Born and raised in Birjand, Iran, he came to the United States as a Bahá’í refugee in 1982. Behrad and his wife have two grown children.

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