Black Livingstone

Black Livingstone

A True Tale of Adventure in the Nineteenth-century Congo

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
Black Livingstone is the first book to chronicle the remarkable life of William Henry Sheppard. As a twenty-four-year-old African American missionary in 1890, Sheppard departed for what was then the Belgian Congo, accompanied by Samuel Lapsley, a white man who had grown up on a plantation and was the son of a prominent Alabama judge. Lapsley died of fever barely a year later, but Sheppard thrived in Africa for three more years before returning to America. Back home, Sheppard was billed as the "Black Livingstone" as he traveled the country, lecturing to packed auditoriums. Black and white, rich and poor alike came to hear his true tales of African adventure. One year later he returned to the Congo, where he witnessed and gathered testimony on the genocide being perpetrated by the Belgian government and the rubber companies, eventually helping to break their hold on the region.

Pagan Kennedy unfolds Sheppard's life and times with a novelist's narrative skill and penetrates the complexity of her subject-a man who found power in the Congo but not in the Church to which he dedicated his life, who fought the persecution of Africans but never of blacks in his own country. Beautifully illustrated with archival photographs, Black Livingstone will appeal widely to readers of books on African history such as King Leopold's Ghost and In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, as well as readers of fiction set in Africa, like Barbara Kingsolver's bestseller, The Poisonwood Bible.

Baker & Taylor
A compelling account of William Henry Sheppard, an African-American missionary who traveled to the Belgian Congo in 1890 and became known as "Black Livingstone" due to his many lectures across the country detailing his adventures, reveals how he found the power to fight the persecution of Africans in the Congo, but not in his own country. 12,500 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Looks at the life of William Henry Sheppard, an African American missionary who traveled to the Belgian Congo in 1890 and became known as the "Black Livingstone" due to his many lectures across the country detailing his adventures.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2002
ISBN: 9780670030361
0670030368
Branch Call Number: B SHE
Characteristics: xviii, 237 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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