The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church elects its first Black moderator, Reverend Lawrence Bottoms.
1974 (Jun 16)
The Reverend Lawrence W. Bottoms, a Decatur, Georgia, minister, was elected as the first Black moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of the United States at its 114th general meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Bottoms, a sixty-six-year-old native of Selma, Alabama, had long experience as a pastor and leader of Georgia's black Presbyterians. A strong supporter of racial integration and toleration, Bottoms's election placed him at the head of that portion of the Presbyterian Church that broke with its national body to defend slavery before the Civil War.