• Created Date
  • 1881
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • This photograph depicts the first meeting of the YMCA in London, England. A caption written on the verso with a black pen on a piece of paper that was glued to the back of the photograph: "Room at 72 St. Paul's Churchyard, London, in which the first YMCA Committee held its meetings. Since remodeled." Another caption written on the photograph reads " London June 6, 1844". The YMCA was founded by George Williams, a London draper. He and his coll... more
    This photograph depicts the first meeting of the YMCA in London, England. A caption written on the verso with a black pen on a piece of paper that was glued to the back of the photograph: "Room at 72 St. Paul's Churchyard, London, in which the first YMCA Committee held its meetings. Since remodeled." Another caption written on the photograph reads " London June 6, 1844". The YMCA was founded by George Williams, a London draper. He and his colleagues were concerned about the lack of healthy activities for young men in major cities; the options available were usually taverns and brothels. The idea for the YMCA grew out of meetings he held for prayer and Bible-reading among his fellow-workers in a business in the city of London. The YMCA was a "organization for social and religious work among young men". A caption written on the verso with a black pen on a piece of paper that was glued to the back of the photograph: "Room at 72 St. Paul's Churchyard, London, in which the first YMCA Committee held its meetings. Since remodeled." Another caption written on the photograph reads " London June 6, 1844". less
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