When Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes moved to Washington DC to take up his duties on the Supreme Court, he transferred his church membership letter to a Baptist church in the area.
It was customary for all new members in this church to come to the front of the sanctuary at the close of the worship service so they might be officially introduced and welcomed. The first person to be called forward that morning was Ah Sing, a Chinese laundryman who had moved to Washington from the West coast.
He took his place at the far side of the church. As the dozen or so others were called forward that day, they came forward and stood on the opposite side of the church, leaving Ah Sing standing alone.
Finally, Chief Justice Hughes was called forward, and he immediately made his way to the front and proceeded to stand next to Ah Sing.
The minister who welcomed the group into church fellowship said, “I do not want this congregation to miss this remarkable illustration of the fact that the cross of Jesus Christ the ground is level.”
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