Mary Slessor By: Taylor Prince

Mary Slessor was born on December 2, 1848 in Aberdeen, and moved to Dundee in 1857. Her father was a trained shoemaker and her mother, Mary worked in mills. Her brother Robert also worked in the mills and she had five younger siblings.
After Mary and her family moved to Dundee, her mill work began and she discovered her love for reading. She started her day working in the mill and then went to school for six hours after.
Her jobs consisted of being a Scottish mill girl and by the age of fourteen a linen power loom weaver. Her mill work usually consisted of ten hours.
She was not married but met Charles Morrison and accepted his marriage proposal. He later got sick and died before they were married. Mary had adopted sets of twins.
Mary was a Christian at a young age and her family's church was linked to Calabar missions in West Africa. Her brother planned to go but died before he could so she went in his place and had wanted to go for a while. She signed up and sent in her application in and got accepted so when she was 28 she boarded the SS Ethiopia at Liverpool.
After five weeks on a ship Mary arrived to begin her work in Calabar, West Africa. Mary started her work with rescuing twins and their mothers. Twins were considered evil spirits and would be murdered and their mother was sent to die in the jungle, so Mary took them into her home and cared for them before they were killed. Natives saw she was unharmed by the evil spirits and gave up their practice.
When Mary finished her work in Old town and started her work with the Okoyong tribe. The Okoyong tribe valued only three things: guns for power, chains to keep their slaves, and liquor. Mary was the first outsider to ever live there. At the meeting of the chiefs, King Eyo gave the Okoyong presents, and they could not believe their good fortune. When they realized their good fortune outsiders were welcomed which lead them to the opening of the gospel.
Mary Slessor died on January 13th, 1915 at the age of 66 in a mud hut in Calabar.
Legacy, Awards, and Memorials: There are many things in Nigeria that are in remembrance of Mary Slessor, for example, statues, roads named after her, and hospitals. In Britain there are stained glass window scenes of some scenes in her life. On January 13th, 2015 100 years after her death a memorial was unveiled in Dundee outside the Steeple Church.
The Sheila Tennant awards in the spirit of Mary Slessor is an award in honor of two outstanding women. There are five categories: performing and creative arts, creative Christianity, enterprise and employment, sporting endeavor, and community endeavor.
"A legend"- Andrew F. Wall


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