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Field Work in Ondo, Western Region (Nigeria): Climbing Excursion to the Efi Rock

Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
Physical Description
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
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Local number
ACMA LDT-N-R20-639
Yoruba (African people)
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
This photograph was taken by Lorenzo Dow Turner while conducting field research in Nigeria, on a Fulbright Research Award from March 1951 through December 1951.
The Lorenzo Dow Turner papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in 2003 by Professor Turner's widow, Lois Turner Williams. Additional materials were donated in the spring of 2010 by Mrs. Turner Williams.
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers are arranged into seven main categories; Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs, ca. 1890-1974 is organized into five subdivisions which include one or several items of original materials; Sub-series 5.4: Research is ultimately divided by the country where field research was conducted. This negative is included in Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Information from Turner's diary as reported in Margaret Wade-Lewis publication reads, "Ondo, Nigeria. Friday, April 6, 1951. Today I drove to a nearby mountain called Efi Rock. It was very difficult to reach. [...]. I was accompanied by George and 4 other boys. There we met a hunter with a gun. [...]. The hunter, J. O. Ola Ayorinbe, P.O. Box 51 Ondo, Nigeria, took us to the top of the mountain. I had to remove my shoes to scale it. The hunter and the boys were already barefooted. I took several pictures of the surrounding country and of the mountain. [...]. With great difficulty, I descended the mountain. The hunter walks down easily, leaning back. His feet cling to the rock. I eased down in sitting position, with palm of hands on the rock and bare feet also on rock.'." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies. By Margaret Wade-Lewis. Published by: Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007, p. 170-171]
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
Cite as
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams
Repository Loc.
Anacostia Community Museum Archives, MRC-777 1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020 (tel. 202.633.4853, fax 202.287.2422) Consult archivist by appointment
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Sub-series 5.4.1: Research: Africa
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Series 5: Photographs ca 1890-1974
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers 1895-1972
Nigeria, Ondo State, Ondo
Nigeria, Western
Ondo (Nigeria)