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Mr. Harris greeting old chief on Bopoto Beach, upper Congo

Mr. Harris in bamboo avenue at Lisala, Stanley Falls District

Mr. Harris shewing [sic] portrait of the late Lord Monkswell to Kasai natives

Mr. Harris shewing portrait of Dr. Thomas Hodgkin to Bakuba natives, upper Kasai

Mr. Harris showing portrait of the late Lord Monkswell to Bakuba natives, upper Kasai

Mr. Harris with Stanley's camera

Mr. Harris with Stanley's camera. (Now in possession of Rev. J. Whitehead)

Mr. Harris writing on board the S. S. Lapsley, Kasai River

No caption [Mr. Harris? sitting in tree]

On the banks of the Bocima River, tributary of the Mongalla, awaiting canoes for transporting carriers and loads

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Rev. John Harris

John Harris was an English missionary, campaigner against slavery and Liberal politician. President of Anti-Slavery and Aborigines Protection Society. 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 and Panos Pictures.