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Presbyterian Pioneers in Congo
Publisher: Richmond, Va., Presbyterian committee of publication Publication date: 1917 Subjects: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A Missions Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select f ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published January 11th 2010 by General Books
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William Henry Sheppard was an African American missionary to the Congo Free State in the late nineteenth century. This is his incomplete autobiography and is really an entertaining read. The most interesting part is Sheppard's visit to the king of the Bakuba. He was one of the first outsiders to visit the capital and he records his observations and impressions with detail and candor.
A black American pastor explores the Congo and preaches. He does not note that the initiative to send him was one to get southern blacks to return by a racist Senator. He refers to the Congolese as "teeming" "natives". But this is still a fascinating account by an intrepid explorer, who survives a crocodile competing for a hippo carcass underwater and who gains admission to the secretive kingdom of King Lukenga by virtue of his gregariousness and his language skills. To the king, he is introduce ...more