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1895 AMERICAN BLACKS IN LIBERIA AFRICAN CLERGY
1895 AMERICAN BLACKS IN LIBERIA AFRICAN CLERGY
This photograph shows a Protestant Episcopal bishop and clergy in Liberia in 1895. The photograph was taken by the American Colonization Society. The society was founded in 1816 to assist free black people in emigrating to Africa. It was the brainchild of the Reverend Robert Finley, a minister from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Finley believed that blacks would never be fully integrated into American society and that they would only be able to fulfill their potential as human beings in Africa, the "land of their fathers". He saw colonization as a charitable work, one that would benefit American blacks and Africans alike through the spreading of Christianity to Africa. He also thought that it would prompt a gradual end to slavery.
 
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