[Photograph]: Missionary Meeting at the Wilberforce Oak, June 21, 1873
by (Unidentified Photographer)
Keston, England, 1873. Near Fine. Albumen photograph. Measuring 7.75" x 5.75" mounted on 11" x 9" thin card with printed caption and explanation of the photograph on the verso. Slight soiling on the mount, upper corner of the mount a little creased, near fine. The photograph shows seven missionaries, six of whom are identified on the verso, gathered under the oak tree where William Wilberforce, during a visit to William Pitt, resolved to announce to the House of Commons his intention "to bring forward Abolition of the Slave Trade." Four of the missionaries are black, one an ex-slave (Bishop Samuel Crowther). The other three were sons of slaves: (Rev. H. Johnson, Rev. James Johnson, and N.T. King, who was studying to be a doctor). The two white men identified are Rev. H. Townsend and Rev. D. Hinderer. The tree has since died but the spot is now marked with a stone bench. Striking image.
(Inventory #: 414497)
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