The Rev. Dr. William H. Sheppard

The Rev. Dr. William H. Sheppard (HM37R)

Location: Warm Springs, VA 24484 Bath County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 3.182', W 79° 46.831'

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(28 May 1865 - 25 Nov. 1927)

Born in Waynesboro to former slaves, William H. Sheppard became a Presbyterian missionary to the Belgian colony of Congo Free State in 1890. He and others opposed King Leopold II of Belgium, who encouraged such atrocities as the amputation of children's hands to intimidate Congolese rubber workers. On 21 Aug. 1904, while visiting his mother here, Sheppard spoke out at Warm Springs Presbyterian Church; reportedly, the Belgian ambassador attended. Later, in Africa, Sheppard published his charges, and the Belgian rubber monopoly sued for libel. After a judge dismissed the suit in Sept. 1909, an investigation verified Sheppard's claims and compelled improvements. Sheppard returned permanently to America in 1910.
HM NumberHM37R
Marker NumberD 38
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 606992 N 4212401
Decimal Degrees38.05303333, -79.78051667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 3.182', W 79° 46.831'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 3' 10.92" N, 79° 46' 49.86" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13127 Sam Snead Hwy, Warm Springs VA 24484, US
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