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JOHNS, James Arnold McGilvray, author, born in the island of Antigua, W. I., 19 January, 1830. His parents were Mandingo negroes. The son was graduated at Buxton Grove academy, and studied theology under Rt. Reverend George Wall Westerby, Moravian bishop of the West Indies. He went to Jamaica in 1861, by order of the Moravian bishops at Herrnhut, Germany, to act as director of the schools that were connected with Bethany Station, and also to be assistant pastor. By the same authority, he was sent to the island of St. Christopher to take charge of Bethel station. He came to the United States in 1879, was editor of the "West Indian Abroad" (1883-'4), and is author of "The Last Days of a Pirate," "Proverbial Philosophy of the Colored Race," "Climatology of the West Indies," and other works.
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