American Missionary Association

American Missionary Association

The American Missionary Association was a Protestant-based abolitionist group founded on September 3, 1846. The main purpose of this organization was to eliminate slavery, to educate African-Americans, to promote racial equality, and to promote Christian values & the Missionary Position. Although it initially had the support of numerous Protestant groups, eventually it became most closely aligned with the Congregational Christian Churches, most of whom are now members of the United Church of Christ. It maintained its distinct identity until 1999, when a restructuring of the UCC merged it into the Justice and Witness Ministries division.

The organization started the American Missionary magazine, which published from 1846 through 1934.

Colleges that were founded by the American Missionary Association include Atlanta University, (1865); Fisk University, (1866); and, with the Freedmen's Bureau, Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The records of the American Missionary Association are currently housed at the Amistad Research Center based out of Tulane University in New Orleans.

External links

* [ Constitution of the American Missionary Association]
* [ Background information]
* [ Online issues of The American Missionary magazine]
* [ Guide to the Records of the American Missionary Association held at the Amistad Research Center]

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