Thomas Lewis Johnson’s Africa for Christ was published in 1882. Reprinted in 1999, copies are available at £14. The book has 72 pages. Johnson had spent twenty-eight years in slavery in Virginia, moved to England for his education, worked in Cameroon as a Baptist missionary, and then promoted black-led Christian mission work in Africa in both the U.S.A. and Britain. He settled in London in the 1880s and then in Bournemouth where, in 1909, an enlarged Twenty-eight Years a Slave; Or, the Story of My Life in Three Continents was published. Originals cost £50 to £60. Copies are available at £25; and a reissued version by Hard Press appeared in 2012.
The 1909 book has been included in the University of North Carolina’s on line documentation – http://www.docsouth.unc.edu/neh.
Index to Building Your Library
# 1 Neil Parsons, King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen. Tswana 1895
# 2 Nancy Cunard
# 3 Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
# 4 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
# 5 Brew family of Ghana and London
# 6 Booker T Washington; Chief Alfred Sam
# 7 Wellesley Cole, Kossoh Town Boy and An Innocent in Britain
# 8 Ira Aldridge
# 9 Paul Robeson, Negro, 1927
# 10 The Black Abolitionist Papers, Vol 1
# 11 Jomo Kenyatta
# 12 Langston Hughes The Big Sea (1940) and Rampersad’s biography 1986, 1988
# 13 Percy Chen, China Called Me
# 14 Stimela Jingoes (Lesotho) recalled France in 1917; Herbert Julian Black Eagle memoir of a Trinidad aeroplane fanatic trained in 1910s England
# 15 Thomas L. Johnson, Twenty-eight Years a Slave (Bournemouth 1909)
# 16 Donald Hinds, Journey to an Illusion (1966).