Philadelphia: A.M.E. Book Concern, .
First Edition. Softcover. Very good. "Supplement to Statement issued by Bishops' Council to the General Conference, Kansas City, Mo., May, 1912." 9 x 6 inches, 19 pp, including nine half-tone photographic plates, in original stapled wrappers. Some soiling to first page, moderate general handling wear. William Henry Heard (1850-1937) was born into slavery in Georgia. After emancipation he worked as a farm laborer, but pursued every opportunity for education during his free time, eventually enabling him to attend the University of South Carolina and secure a teaching certification. He served briefly in the South Carolina State legislature, and in 1878 he joined and became an active member of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. In 1895, Grover Cleveland appointed him Consul General to Liberia, where he also served as Superintendent of the Liberia Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Church and spearheaded construction of the first A.M.E. church in Monrovia. In this scarce pamphlet, Heard provides the A.M.E. General Conference with an assessment of the state of missionary work in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He reports favorably on the situation in Sierra Leone, but says that the work in Liberia is "more in name than in fact," due to insufficient funding and poor sanitary conditions, which result in sick missionaries returning to the United States every few years and "disorganizes and hinders the progress of our work." He makes several recommendations for change (increased salaries and travel allowances, purchase of a boat to replace the canoes currently used for river travel) and provides lists of receipts and expenditures for 1908-1912 and missionary appointments for 1912. Not in OCLC or in Blockson.