Mission Crossroads

SPR 2017

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Mission Crossroads 7 just then becoming popular. He took photographs of the atrocities and wrote a damning report. e APCM hired William Morrison as its legal representative. Morrison, a Presbyterian missionary in the Congo, wrote letters, gave speeches and twisted arms in private. His actions led the British Parliament to pass a unanimous resolution calling on the signers of the Berlin accord of 1885 to take action to protect the Congolese. In 1904, Sheppard returned home on furlough and, like Morrison, spoke out against the cruelties taking place in the Congo. President eodore Roosevelt received Sheppard at the White House on January 14, 1905, to hear the case against Leopold. In 1906 the U.S. Senate gave unanimous support for a resolution introduced by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge that called on the president to take measures to end the atrocities in the Congo. Sheppard returned to the Congo in 1906 and in 1907 wrote an article for a church journal in which he attacked the Kasai Rubber Company, a Belgian contractor, for the degradations occurring in the Kasai basin. e company brought libel charges against him, but these were dropped at the 1909 trial when the prosecution could produce no evidence to support its accusations. e Belgian legislature ended Leopold's control of the Congo on November 15, 1908, and issued a new charter that placed the Congo under its control. Amid scandal and disgrace, Leopold died in 1909, several weeks after Sheppard's trial. During the 25 years of Leopold's rule in the Congo, the population declined by about 50 percent. Sheppard returned to the U.S. in 1910 and soon settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church and helped to establish a highly successful settlement house for Louisville's black population. He died on November 27, 1927. William H. Sheppard with his wife, Lucy Gantt Sheppard, ca. 1900 Annie Taylor, left, and Lucy and William Sheppard pose with a dead snake. Sheppard, left, with two Congolese men and camels Presbyterian Historical Society Presbyterian Historical Society Presbyterian Historical Society

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