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Robert Raikes

Gloucester 1736 - Gloucester 1811
English philanthropist and Anglican layman, often considered to be the founder of the Sunday School Movement
Thomas Brock
Drew & Co.

London /  Robert Raikes   London /  Robert Raikes


Bronze statue of Raikes in eighteenth-century clothes, standing, teaching from a book (the Bible) held in the left hand, while with the right hand he emphasises the lesson.


founder of sunday schools

this statue was erected
under the direction
of the sunday school union
by contributions
from teachers and scholars
of sunday schools in great britain
july 1880


thos. brock. Sculpt. " london 1880
drew & co. | founders


Unveiled 3 July 1880 by the Earl of Shaftesbury. Replicas were made in 1929 for the 150th anniversary of the first Sunday school, established by Raikes in Gloucester; they stand in that city and in Toronto.


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