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Travis Glasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773961.001.0001

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“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

Philip Quaque and the SPG Mission to Africa

(p.171) 6 “One of their Own Color and Kindred”
Mastering Christianity

Travis Glasson

Oxford University Press

The SPG founded British missionary work in Africa. This chapter examines the careers of Thomas Thompson and Philip Quaque, the first two missionaries stationed at Cape Coast in modern Ghana, a coastal entrepot central to the British slave trade. Quaque was the first African ordained in the Church of England, but his fifty-year career shows how thoroughly the Society’s religious program was enmeshed in slavery and how in this environment his hopes for making converts faded over time. Quaque was a rather tragic figure – isolated, ineffective, and increasingly blamed by the Society for his mission’s failure. In a poignant shift, while in the 1760s the SPG was willing to train and support a black missionary, by the end of Quaque’s career the Society had largely abandoned him and come to share wider British doubts about the capabilities of black missionaries.

Keywords:   Africa, Philip Quaque, Methodism, Cape Coast, Thomas Thompson, slave trade, Fante, race, racism, antislavery

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