Katie Manye, The African Choir. London, 1891
By the London Stereoscopic Company.
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Katie Manye (1873 – 1956), later known as Katie Makanya, came to England in 1891, as one of the youngest members of the African Choir. She dedicated her life to medicine, nursing, and the well-being of black South Africans, working under the English doctor and missionary James McCord. In 1995 her memoir was published by McCord’s daughter, Margaret McCord, as ‘The Calling of Katie Makanya’. Written as an oral testimony that spans from the late nineteenth century into the apartheid years, the biography includes her travels to England, Katie’s introduction to Queen Victoria, and her return to South Africa in 1893.
Fibre-based silver gelatin print, 20x24"