By profiling the lives of three nineteenth-century African American women missionaries (Eliza Davis George, Emma Beard Delaney, and Florence Spearing Randolph) this article attends to three major themes: (1) broadening and complicating our understanding of the intersections of race and gender in world missions, (2) examining the theological and secular motivations for African American women’s ministerial labors, and (3) suggesting how nineteenth-century African American missionary women may still provide a model for contemporary service in world missions.

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