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George WhitefieldLife, Context, and Legacy$
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Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747079.001.0001

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Commemorating Whitefield in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Commemorating Whitefield in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

(p.278) 16 Commemorating Whitefield in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
George Whitefield

Andrew Atherstone

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the commemoration of George Whitefield in popular culture, at particular geographical locations and at special anniversaries. In the centuries after his death he was remembered with memorial sermons, monuments, statues, churches, colleges, institutes, re-enactments, and evangelistic campaigns. Four chosen loci are analysed here: Newburyport in Massachusetts, where Whitefield is buried; Victorian England, especially London and Gloucestershire; Savannah, Georgia, and the University of Pennsylvania, in the 1910s and 1920s; and late twentieth-century England, revisiting Gloucester in the 1980s. The chapter shows how Whitefield has been reappropriated and reinterpreted by successive generations to serve contemporary concerns. His legacy is malleable and contested. What emerges is a portrait of an individual to whom many were attracted but for a multitude of different reasons, whether as a revivalist, Calvinist, educator, preacher, ecumenist, humanitarian, colonist, or saint.

Keywords:   Commemoration, Gloucester, memorialization, monument, Newburyport, Savannah, statue, University of Pennsylvania

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