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 Edward Wilmot Blyden

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Edward Wilmot Blyden

  • Birth 3 Aug 1832
  • Death 7 Feb 1912
  • Burial Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone
  • Memorial ID 88697214

He was an Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. He also taught for five years in Sierra Leone, and his writings were influential in both countries. He was born in Saint Thomas, Danish West Indies, now known as the Virgin Islands of the United States, to Free Black parents who were from the [Igbo people |Igbo] from present-day Nigeria. According to the historian Hollis R. Lynch, in 1845 Blyden met the Reverend John P. Knox, a white American, who became pastor of the St. Thomas Protestant Dutch Reformed Church. Hi and his family lived near the church, and Knox was impressed with the studious, intelligent boy. Knox became his mentor, encouraging Blyden's considerable aptitude for oratory and literature. Mainly because of his close association with Knox, the young Blyden decided to become a minister, which his parents encouraged.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 18 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88697214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 Aug 1832–7 Feb 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88697214, citing Race Course Cemetery, Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .