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Philip Quaque

(1741—1816) first African Church of England clergyman and missionary


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Also known as Kweku (1741–1816), the first African clergyman of the Church of England. Quaque was a Fante, born at Cape Coast in what is now Ghana. He was the only survivor of three Fante boys sent to England in 1754 by a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG) in order that they might be educated. Baptized as Philip in 1759, he was ordained in 1765, the first African to become a priest of the Church of England.

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From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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