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ID number:  BIRRC-D0460.18
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Graves Smith, R.
Title / Object name:  Group photograph of Kru church members
Object type:  Photograph
Materials:  Photograph
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Rectangular group portrait of Kru church members, mounted and faded.

The Kru people derive from various ethnic groups within Liberia and are principally . During the 18th century they were recruited by British shipping merchants onto fleets serving the West African Coast. Whilst few Kru appear to have actually been enslaved the trade in slaves provided the opportunities for Kru sailors to undertake these roles on British vessels. When the slave trade was abolished by the British Government in 1833 many Kru continued to undertake contracted roles for agricultural firms along the Western Coast of Africa . Around the 1930s many Kru began to migrate to other areas in West Africa such as Sierra Leone and also Ghana.

Sister Evelyn Bellamy was a Methodist Missionary in Ghana and between 1914 and 1943, during which time she occupied the post of headmistress of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast. The Danford Collection is home to a large number of objects presented by Sister Evelyn Bellamy and some of her papers can be accesssed through the Cadbury Research Library.

Inscriptions / Translations:  ‘The Kru Church Members’ (on reverse)

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