Robert Sengstacke Abbott
Born: November 24, 1870
Death: February 29, 2940
Place of Birth: Saint Simmons Island, Georgia
Location of Death: Chicago, Illinois
Burial Location: Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois
Robert Sengstacke Abbott was an African American lawyer, newspaper publisher, and an early adherent of the Bahá’í religion in the United States. Abbott is the founder of The Chicago Defender newspaper which grew to have the highest circulation of any black-owned newspaper in the country. In 1929 he founded the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, a social organization which developed in Chicago as a celebration of African-American culture.
U.S. National Bahá’í Archives