William Wadé Harris

(c. 1860—1929)

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West African evangelist known as ‘Prophet Harris’. He belonged to the Glebo people of Liberia. Of Methodist background, he trained as a catechist in the (American) Episcopal Church. In 1910, while imprisoned for anti-government activity, he became convinced of his calling as a prophet, and during seventeen months in 1913–15 he preached across the Ivory Coast and through Ghana, proclaiming the coming judgement of Christ and calling on all to abandon the traditional fetishes. White-robed, bearing a cross and a Bible, and accompanied by women singers, he was an impressive figure; he baptized large numbers and made a great impact.

Subjects: Christianity — African Studies.

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