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ID number:  BIRRC-D0460.22
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Reindorf, J. D.
Title / Object name:  Committee of Mfantsipin School, Cape Coast
Object type:  Photograph
Place made:  Cape Coast
Date made:  1938
Materials:  Photograph

Rectangular group photograph, mounted, stamped and inscribed .

As part of a drive for improving the Methodist Church’s commitment to championing education as the foundation for a better quality of life, the Mfantsipim secondary school was established in the early 1900s. After the amalgamation of Mfantsipim and Wesleyan Collegiate School failed to produce the educational standard aspired to, the schools were split and Mfantsipim moved to Kwabotwe. From its move in around 1910 to the present day it has held a prestigious role in the maintenance of educational standards in Ghana, not least thanks to some of its illustrious headmasters including the writer F.L. Bartels.

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:  (all inscriptions on reverse)
'With Compliments, A.S. Fenly, 24.3.38'
'Committee of Mfantsipim School Cape Coast
Rev J Addo
Lawyer Ward Brew
Rev A Fenly
Evelyn Bellamy
Rev CW Armstrong
Rev WA Warren
Lawyer Miles Abadoo
Mr LS Pickard
Mr CA Biney'

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