“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

Travis Glasson

in Mastering Christianity

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773961
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919017 | DOI:
“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

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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

Chapter.  11731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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