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ID number:  BIRRC-D0460.23
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Reindorf, J. D.
Title / Object name:  Opening of Asikuma Methodist School
Object type:  Photograph
Place made:  Cape Coast
Date made:  December 1938
Materials:  Photograph

Rectangular group portrait, mounted and labelled.

Historically the Methodist Church has played a pivotal role in the development of education in Ghana, establishing the first school in 1836. From its early beginnings, today it continues this commitment to education presiding over the administration of primary and secondary educational institutions and also a University (Methodist University College Ghana). Cape Coast itself is an educational hub for both Ghana and West Africa at large, being home primarily to Cape Coast University which is Ghana’s leading institution for teaching and research.

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:  ‘To Miss Evelyn Bellamy, With compliments of the staff and pupils of the ASIKUMA METHODIST SENIOR SCHOOL. ASIKUMA METHODIST SENIOR SCHOOL FESTIVAL 13th DECEMBER 1938’ (on front)
‘Opening of New School’ (on reverse)

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