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Prominent Philippolis Figures

In reference to Obie Oberholzer’s feature Peace Comes with a Smile (December 2019) and Pat Hart’s letter ‘Kindness in Philippolis’ (February 2020), my own great-great-great-grandfather was a missionary based in Philippolis from 1842 to 1856.

He was Edward Solomon, born (auspiciously) on Christmas Day in 1820 to orthodox Jewish parents on the island of St Helena. By the time he was 21 years old, he was an ordained Christian minister and married. He and his wife Jessie

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