Galangue Station: An Early African American Mission in Angola

This booklet is a report from the Willis F. Pierce Memorial Hospital at the Galangue Mission. It was read before a medical convention in 1939.

This booklet is a report from the Willis F. Pierce Memorial Hospital at the Galangue Mission. It was read before a medical convention in 1939.

A small, but significant, series within the J. Taylor and Kathryn T. Stanley papers documents the Galangue Mission, which, in 1923, was the first mission founded and staffed by African Americans in Angola and was administered by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). This series consists primarily of correspondence, dating mostly from 1923-1927, with some additional letters from 1938-1955. Principal correspondents include missionaries Samuel B. Coles, Henry C. McDowell, and William C. Bell, as well as ABCFM treasurer Harold B. Belcher and secretary of the Angola Sustaining Committee Alfred K. Lawless. In their letters, the missionaries report on their efforts and activities, as well as local communities and their travels. A significant portion of the correspondence also concerns financial support for the mission.

Other records concerning the mission include administrative reports, financial documents, and publications regarding the ABCFM’s work in Africa. Reports highlight a hospital founded at the mission, the Galangue Church, and Samuel B. Coles’ agricultural work at the mission. Rev. Coles’ work is also documented in a small collection of his papers at Amistad.

Below are selections that document the work and ministry at the Galangue Mission.

This January 1924 letter was written soon after the arrival of Rev. and Mrs. Samuel B. Coles to the Galangue Mission. Rev. Coles spent nearly 30 years in Angola, which was documented in his book Preacher with a Plow.

This January 1924 letter was written soon after the arrival of Rev. and Mrs. Samuel B. Coles to the Galangue Mission. Rev. Coles spent nearly 30 years in Angola, which was documented in his book Preacher with a Plow.

A report from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions on efforts in Angola, circa 1930s.

A report from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions on efforts in Angola, circa 1930s.

A biographical note on Rev. and Mrs. Henry C. McDowell, co-founders of the Galangue Mission.

A biographical note on Rev. and Mrs. Henry C. McDowell, co-founders of the Galangue Mission.

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Images from the J. Taylor and Kathryn T. Stanley Papers. May not be reproduced without permission.)
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One thought on “Galangue Station: An Early African American Mission in Angola

  1. I put my grandfather's name in Google on a whim and was brought here. So much of the material held in trunks in their basement has been lost. But the memory of holding photographs and typed pages.. that lingers.

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