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Group portrait of missionaries and village leaders, Ghana, ca. 1950
Unknown, possibly Dixon, R
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1950
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
Archives, Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, The Library, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom
Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes
University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies. Library
"At Yawagu after holding service. Rev H Saunders on extreme right. Chief of village in chair." "R Dixon, Highmore Road, Sherborne, Dorset." Harry N Saunders served in the Gold Coast district from 1949 to 1950 after having served in Ceylon [now Sri Lanka] from 1929 to 1944.
Methodist Missionary work in West Africa had begun in 1811 with Coke's mission to Sierra Leone. A second station was opened on the River Gambia in 1821, and on the Gold Coast in 1834. The first missionary to arrive in South Africa was Rev. John McKenny, who established a station at Namaqualand in 1814. In 1820, work began amongst the slave population in the Cape Colony, in 1822 at Bechuanaland, and in 1841 a mission accompanied British troops to Natal. The South African Conference was established in 1882, and assumed care of mission work in South Africa (with the exception of Transvaal, Swaziland and Rhodesia).
silver gelatin prints, 10.4 x 16.3 cm.
impa-m2109 [Legacy record ID]
Indigenous populations
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society
Group portraits
Time Period
circa 1950
SOAS/MMS/AF/1194/005/024 [File]
(Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Photographs of the Archives and Manuscripts Division, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, ca.1860-1950
School of Oriental and African Studies

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