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Crowther, Samuel Ajayi
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(c. 1806, Osogun, Nigeria – Dec 31, 1891, Lagos, Nigeria), the first black African bishop in modern times. Enslaved in 1821 at the age of about 15, he was on board a Brazilian brig for export when it was captured by the British anti-slavery squadron off the coast of Lagos. He arrived in Freetown in 1822, where he was educated by Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionaries. In 1841 he accompanied the British Niger Expedition and became known through the publication of his journal. He attended the CMS Training Institution at Islington in Londo…

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Ajayi, J.F. Ade., “Crowther, Samuel Ajayi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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