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Alice Seeley Harris, John Harris and Rev. Edgar Stannard

Reverend John H. Harris, Alice Seeley Harris and Reverend Edgar Stannard of the Congo Balolo Mission under guard at Baringa. 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.

Canoe at Baringa racing alongside that carrying Mr. and Mrs. Harris and carriers

View of Baringa beach with mission steamer Pioneer at anchor

Mother and her twin sons at Baringa, upper Congo. All wearing the badge of honour across the forehead

A Baringa paddler – famous for his boat songs

Mongo woman at Bokeri, Baringa – Lopori District, upper Congo

Flotilla of tiny canoes, Baringa beach, upper Congo

Native market, Baringa, Upper Congo

View at Baringa, upper Congo

Manihot glaziovii rubber plant at Baringa, upper Congo

Mr. Harris conversing with three rubber workers in the Baringa-Lopori District, upper Congo

Making palm oil, Baringa, Upper Congo

Palm Avenue at Baringa, Upper Congo. Trees of ten years' growth.

Palm Avenue at Baringa, Upper Congo