Morning Star

A privately owned Mississippi River steamboat, used for about a decade, beginning in 1894, as a floating mission in connection with the work of the Southern Missionary Society for Blacks in Mississippi and Tennessee. In the fall of 1893 J. E. White and W. O. Palmer attended a ministerial institute at Battle Creek, Michigan. There they learned of a set of 10 manuscripts written by Ellen White (J. E. White’s mother) in regard to the urgent need for missionary work for Blacks of the South. Within a week the two men had dedicated themselves to this work. One sentence especially attracted their attention: “Small schools should be established in many localities.” The men came to the conclusion that the only way to do this was to write and publish a suitable reader for the purpose. Accordin...

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