Celebrating Samuel Ajayi Crowther
2014 is the 150th anniversary of the consecration as Bishop on the Niger of a former slave boy, Samuel Ajayi Crowther. On 29 June 1864 in Canterbury cathedral Crowther became the first black Anglican bishop.
Supported and encouraged by CMS, he blazed a trail in indigenous mission in West Africa. Yet he died a broken man in one of the more shameful episodes of CMS history. Even so, he left a remarkable legacy and lived a life that can inspire us all.