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SLESSOR, Mary (1848-1915) Missionary

Born Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She spent much of her life in the Calabar region of Nigeria. She fought against the sacrifice of children, particularly twins, who were considered to be an evil curse and were usually left in the forest to be eaten by wild animals. She confronted total lack of education for women and the common practice of human sacrifice when a village elder died, on the assumption that he would need retainers to accompany him on his journey. She was a great civilising influence and was the driving force behind establishment of the Hope Waddell Institute in Calabar.

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