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Port Scene

Port scene. This image formed part of the Harris Lantern Slide Collection. Under King Leopold II the Congo Free State used mass forced labour to extract rubber from the jungle for the European market. As consumer demand grew King Leopold II's private army - the Force Publique - used violent means to coerce the population into meeting quotas, including murder, mutilation, rape, village burning, starvation and hostage taking. Alice Seeley Harris and her husband Reverend John H. Harris were missionaries in the Congo Free State from the late 1890s. Alice produced a collection of images documenting the horrific abuses of the African rubber labourers. Her photographs are considered to be an important development in the history of humanitarian campaigning. The images were used in a number of publications. The Harrises also used the photographs to develop the Congo Atrocity Lantern Lecture which toured Britain and the the USA raising awareness of the issue of colonial abuses under King Leopold II's regime. Source: Antislavery International

General view of Matadi from Baptist Missionary Society's Station – Londé

Landing stage and Bay of Principe with highest peak in distance

Lome and pier, Togoland

Benguella pier whence slaves are shipped to Cocoa Islands

Bible Society's depot, Accra

Mr. Harris travelling from Cocoa Roca to the port. Island of Principe

Loads of dried fish landed at Loanda for transport to the Island of San Tome as food for for the servicaes

Bay of San Tome with sides of Pier shewing steps where servicaes land

The landing stage San Tome

Landing cargo of dried fish at Loanda for transport to the Cocoa Islands as food for servicaes