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Field Work in Abeokuta, Western Region (Nigeria): Possibly Susan Wenger and Uli Beier Accompanied by Children

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Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
Physical description:
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Yoruba (African people)
Nigeria, Ogun State, Abeokuta
Nigeria, Western
Abeokuta (Nigeria)
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from Turner's diary as reported in Margaret Wade-Lewis publication reads, "Thursday, April 26, 1951. Made trip to Abeokuta with the Beiers. Took pictures; visited the Royal Palace and met the Alake who spoke with me for about 35 minutes. He was very cordial -an old man apparently in his seventies. He wanted me to assist his son in finding a college in the U.S.A. to attend. I promised to assist. He offered to assist me in my work and to allow me to record at the Palace. I took pictures of the Palace. Beier accompanied me." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies. By Margaret Wade-Lewis. Published by: Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007, p. 172]
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
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Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Cultural landscapes
Local number:
ACMA LDT-N-R10-299
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Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs ca 1890-1974
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers 1895-1972
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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