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Courtesy of Michael Graham-Stewart
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REVEREND THOMAS JOHNSON AND FAMILY
LONDON, 1878

 

Thomas Johnson (1836-1921), American Baptist minister and missionary born into slavery who came to London in 1876 as a beneficiary of the YMCA in Manchester and the Baptist Missionary Society in London. The seated woman in this portrait is Johnson’s first wife Henrietta T. Johnson, also a freed slave, who died in Africa soon after the photograph was taken. The other couple (on the left) are C.H. Richardson and his wife Issadorah T. Richardson, who arrived in England from America in August 1877 to accompany the Johnsons on their mission. The four Americans reached the west coast of Africa in November 1878. After visiting Sierra Leone and Liberia, they travelled to the village of Bakundu in Cameroon, where Johnson taught and preached. After the death of his wife, his own ill health forced an early return to England in 1880. He continued to preach and give lectures on Africa, not only in England but also in Ireland and AmericaThomas Johnson (1836-1921), American Baptist minister and missionary born into slavery who came to London in 1876 as a beneficiary of the YMCA in Manchester and the Baptist Missionary Society in London. e published his autobiography ‘Twenty-Eight Years a Slave, or The Story of My Life in Three Continents’ in 1882. Became a British subject in 1900.

 

Photograph by J.F.Knights
Albumen Carte-de-Visite, 97 x 58 mm
Courtesy of Michael Graham-Stewart

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