Southern Missionary Society

An organization that operated for more than two decades and promoted mission schools and evangelism among the Black people in the Southern states. It was a volunteer project supported by the sale of publications and by contributions from the church at large; later it merged with conference organizations. It was founded by J. Edson White and composed originally of the group of missionary recruits whom he gathered and transported down the Mississippi on his riverboat Morning Star. The founders of the Southern Missionary Society reached Vicksburg, Mississippi, in January 1895 under the instruction of, and bearing the credentials of, the General Conference. After about two years the Morning Star moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, and work opened there. From that time on, the society carried on ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.