Tucker of Uganda: Artist and Apostle, 1849-1914


Tucker of Uganda: Artist and Apostle, 1849-1914 is a biography of Alfred R. Tucker, the first bishop of Uganda. The book traces Tucker’s early life in England, his training and success as an artist, his studies at Oxford, his work as an Anglican clergyman, and his call to go to Africa as a missionary. Consecrated bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa by the Archbishop of Canterbury on April 25, 1890, Tucker left for Africa the same day. He made a survey trip of the Uganda Protectorate in late 1890–early 1891, where he found the country in parlous condition, wracked by conflict between Christian missionaries and Arab traders, rivalries between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and difficult economic conditions. Over the next seven years, Tucker made two long visits to Uganda from his base in Mombasa, Kenya. He was instrumental in building up the Anglican Church, but he also witnessed devastating famine and outbreaks of fever. In 1897, Tucker became the first bishop of the newly formed Uganda diocese. In 1899, he transferred to Mengo, near present-day Kampala, where he served until 1911. As bishop, he worked to build an autonomous Ugandan church with its own leaders, and he established schools and emphasized the importance of education. He served his final years as canon of Durham Cathedral in northern England, where he died in 1914.

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Student Christian Movement, London


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206 pages : illustrations ; 20 centimeters


  • From Ndejje University Library. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York

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