(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.
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|Marker Number||D 38|
|Placed By||Department of Historic Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:36pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 606992 N 4212401|
|Decimal Degrees||38.05303333, -79.78051667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 3.182', W 79° 46.831'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 3' 10.92" N, 79° 46' 49.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 13127 Sam Snead Hwy, Warm Springs VA 24484, US|
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