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Nation’s first African American chaplain to the U.S. Senate

Dr. Barry Black is the first Seventh Day Adventist and first African American to hold the position.

Black is the 62nd Chaplin of the United States Senate. This is black's 17th year in the senate. The Senate elected its first Chaplin in 1789.

The former, rear admiral served as Chief of Chaplin’s in the U.S. Navy before being elected to offer spiritual guidance to the nation’s senators.


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