The Mission School Cyrene
Black Christ Crucified, 1957
Carved and painted wood
125cm x 110cm
Loaned by Crist y Brenin Church, Parish/Ministry Area: Bro Cadwaladr Diocese: Bangor.
Black Christ Crucified
The Wooden Crucifix depicting a Black Christ, was carved in Africa and brought over from the mission school at Cyrene, which is in modern day Libya.
The vicar at the time, the Rev G. Emyr Lewis had connections with the mission school and visited Cyrene on numerous occasions.
He ordered the crucifix while he was there on one of his visits, without giving much thought to the colours.
The fact that the Christ is black, has always evoked great discussion, as most of the locals at the time of its arrival in Malltraeth, were used to seeing Christ depicted as white. Some locally, thought this depiction was a much truer representation, others were unsure.
It is believed, although Rev Lewis ordered the crucifix, a local benefactor called Mrs Stone financed the venture and presented it to the church, where it hangs today.
(Mrs Glenys Smallwood, Licensed Reader Emeritus)