In 1889, William Stamps Cherry set foot in Western Africa at age 20. A hunter-explorer, he went further into the Congo than any white man before him, exploring what is known today as the Central African Republic. He would spend eight years exploring the continent, discovering three tribes and bringing back artifacts that are held today at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, one of the biggest collections of its kind in the United States. Although many newspaper articles were written about Cherry before and after his travels, a book he had been working on was never published and, until recently, he had been forgotten to history. His grandson, William Stuart Cherry, and his biographer, William E. Casey, discuss William Stamps Cherry’s life and legacy.
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