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American Missionary Association

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Brief sketches from the American Missionary Association for the years 1888 to 1895.  They discussed many topics in each publication, Blacks, Indians, schools, and much more.  Some years had items for each month, others just a few.

The American Missionary Association was a Protestant-based abolitionist group founded on September 3, 1846 in Albany, New York. The main purpose of this organization was to eliminate slavery, to educate African Americans, to promote racial equality, and to promote Christian values. Its leaders were chiefly Congregationalist and Presbyterian, both black and white. The association became most closely aligned with the Congregational Christian churches. Most of those have become members of the United Church of Christ. It was integrated, with both whites and blacks having active roles.

It maintained its distinct identity until 1999, when a restructuring of the UCC merged it into the Justice and Witness Ministries division.

The organization started the American Missionary magazine, which published from 1846 through 1934. It had a circulation of 20,000 in the 19th century.[1]

After the Civil War, the American Missionary Association founded eleven colleges for freedmen, including Berea College, Atlanta University, (1865); Fisk University, (1866), Hampton Institute, Tougaloo College, (1869); Fisk University, Dillard University, Talladega College, LeMoyne/LeMoyne-Owen College, Tillotson/Huston-Tillotson) College, Avery Institute, and, with the Freedmen’s Bureau, Howard University in Washington, D.C..

The records of the American Missionary Association are currently housed at the Amistad Research Center, located at Tulane University in New Orleans.


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