Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 570
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 750 - $ 1,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) "Yours Truly for Africa. Thos. L. Johnson." Carte-de-Visite, Signed. Bournemouth, circa 1890-1909

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Thomas Lewis Johnson (1836-1921) was born into slavery in Virginia. After the Civil War and a move to New York, Johnson and his wife decided to go to England and then on to Africa to work as missionaries. They had barely set foot on African soil when both fell terribly ill. Mrs. Johnson died and Thomas returned to England where he lectured and raised funds for the African missions. Inscribed by Johnson on the front of the carte-de-visite "Yours Truly for Africa, Thos. L. Johnson." On the back of the card, he has added "Liberia, Boscombe, Bournemouth, England." Johnson''s autobiography, "Africa for Christ; Twenty-eight Years a Slave," was published in London, 1882.