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Edward Andrews

Anglican missionary and educator stationed at Cape Coast (in present-day Ghana) during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, is also referred to as Kweku or Quarco. He was the first African minister ordained in the Church of England. Born into a Fetu family in 1741, Quaque lived near Cape Coast Castle, at the very heart of British slave trade operations in West Africa. His letters to other missionaries throughout the Atlantic world, as well as his numerous reports about missionary activity around the Cape Coast, detail his extraordinary efforts to convert and educate Africans, as well as the many challenges he faced as a black preacher operating at the center of the transatlantic slave trade.

In some ways Quaque s missionary history began in New Jersey Thomas Thompson an Anglican missionary who abandoned his unsuccessful mission in New Jersey in order to try to attempt to spread the ...


John Gilmore

Also known as Kweku (1741–1816), the first African clergyman of the Church of England. Quaque was a Fante, born at Cape Coast in what is now Ghana. He was the only survivor of three Fante boys sent to England in 1754 by a missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG) in order that they might be educated. Baptized as Philip in 1759, he was ordained in 1765, the first African to become a priest of the Church of England.

He returned to Cape Coast in 1766, and spent most of the rest of his life there, combining the position of chaplain at Cape Coast Castle, a trading fort maintained by the African Company (successor to the Royal African Company who paid him a salary for his work in this capacity with that of a missionary employed by the SPG Many ...