Russell Dewey Ritchie’s father was born into slavery and later converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In 1909, when Russell was 11, his father was denied priesthood ordination and temple admission.
Russell was not ordained to the LDS lay priesthood as a teenager but he was as an adult.
He became a deacon in 1970, at age 71.
Meet Russell here and learn more of his story: https://exhibits.lib.utah.edu/…/page/ritchie-russell-dewey