John Coleridge Patteson.Martyrs’ Pulpit Exeter Cath.CornellUnivLib

The Martyrs’ Pulpit at Exeter Cathedral in England displays the martyrdom of Bishop Patteson, who was killed by Melanesian tribesmen who assumed they were “blackbirds” intending to kidnap and enslave Melanesian youth. Another explanation is that missionaries also removed young men from their villages to educate and employ them, which their families may have likened to human traffickers. Patteson’s death became a famous cause in England, and the government enacted new laws to prohibit slavery. This pulpit in Exeter, where he was first ordained, was a result of that movement. (Cornell University Library)

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