Category: North Georgia Annual Conference

Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)
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Haygood, Laura Askew (1845-1900)

Pioneering MECS Home Missioner and Educational Missionary to China Born in Watkinsville, Georgia, Laura Haygood moved to Atlanta at age seven, received her early education from her mother, enrolled at Wesleyan Female College, Macon, Georgia at age sixteen, and graduated in two years (1864). She established a private school for girls in 1966. In 1872,...

Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)
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Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)

Outstanding Proponent of Human Rights for Women and Persons of all Races Born in Georgia, Carrie Parks Johnson grew up in a family of Methodist ministers and became an outstanding proponent of human rights for women and persons of all races. From 1899 until her death, she was actively engaged in promoting conference work, programs...

Hall, Anna E. (1870-1964)
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Hall, Anna E. (1870-1964)

Long-time African-American missionary educator in Liberia Anna E. Hall was born near Bainbridge, Georgia on March 1st, 1870. She lived a religiously oriented childhood with her mother, a seamstress, and expressed the desire to serve as a missionary while a student at Clark University (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed the...

Webb, Lucy Jim (1895 ~ 1987)
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Webb, Lucy Jim (1895 ~ 1987)

Missionary youth worker in Shanghai Lucy Jim Webb was born on July 15, 1895 in Forsyth, Georgia, one of six children born to Thomas and Sarah Webb. Her parents were small town shopkeepers and devout Christians. She studied at LaGrange and Scarritt College, graduating in 1922. She worked first as an assistant principal of a...

Atkinson, Virginia (1861 ~ 1941)
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Atkinson, Virginia (1861 ~ 1941)

Mission education innovator in China Virginia Atkinson became a Methodist after being brought up by her cousins in a textile mill home. Atkinson suffered an unhappy childhood, losing her mother and her stepmother early in life. Her father (a minister) then sent her to live with her cousins in Rock Mills, Alabama at the age...

Allen, Young John (1836 ~ 1907)
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Allen, Young John (1836 ~ 1907)

Methodist Missionary Printer in China A graduate of Emory University Georgia, Young was appointed as a missionary by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. With his family, he arrived in China in July 1860. His initial missionary activity was to preach in Shanghai and nearby villages. But the financial straits of his mission during the American...

Stevens, Thelma
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Stevens, Thelma

Champion of Social Justice Thelma Stevens, 1902-1990, became a mission legend across the 28 years (1940-1968) she served as secretary for Christian social relations of the Woman’s Division of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church, her years in that office exactly paralleling those of that denomination’s existence from its unification of northern and...

Drummer, Martha
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Drummer, Martha

Medical Work and Care for Orphans, Quéssua Mission, Angola Martha Drummer was born in 1871 in Barnesville, Georgia, the third of eight children in her family. Her father, a Methodist preacher, died of typhoid fever when Martha was 15. Mrs. Drummer moved the family to Griffen, Georgia, where the children had access to public education....

Moore, Bishop Arthur J.
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Moore, Bishop Arthur J.

Bishop Arthur J. Moore was “Mr. Mission” for a generation of Methodists in the middle of the 20th century. He was president of the unified Board of Missions of The Methodist Church (forerunner of the Board of Global Ministries) from its founding in 1940 through 1956, and had played a pivotal role in the extensive...

Ames, Jessie
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Ames, Jessie

Lynching Is an Indefensible Crime In 1930 Methodist woman Jessie Daniel Ames gathered a small group of daring women together in Atlanta, Georgia, to form the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching. The protection of white women had been a common excuse for white mob lynchings of black men, and so the...

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