Quaker Man Dressed in Simplicity
300 years of Quakers in Tottenham

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Tottenham Quakers

Arthur Riches in Rhodesia

Arthur had always wanted to visit Africa. Before the war, at the age of eighteen, he stowed away on a ship, but was found and sent back.

In 1951, when he was in his thirties, Arthur finally managed to fulfil his dream of going to Africa. He spent ten years in what was then Rhodesia. A plasterer by trade, he helped to build the Meeting House at Bulawayo and the YWCA. Blacks were not allowed to learn trades and Arthur lost jobs with many whites for teaching Black people plastering.

While helping to build the non-segregated YWCA, a woman came out with tea and cups for the Whites and tin cans for the Blacks to drink out of. Arthur could not see himself treating people differently, so when she had left he poured the tea into the cups and shared them around.

Finally, in 1961, Arthur returned to Tottenham. He continues to be an active member of Tottenham Meeting.


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