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Amy Beatrice Carmichael

Photo: Johannes Schade, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Sculptor: Ross Wilson MBE (b. 1958)

Amy Beatrice Carmichael

Amy Beatrice Carmichael (1867–1951) born in Millisle, Co. Down to a devout Christian family, Carmichael became a missionary moving to Japan, then in November 1895 to South India and never returned. Here she rescued hundreds of children from being sold into prostitution. A disasterous fall in 1931 left her bed-bound for the rest of her life. The idea for the bronze statue came from a conversation between the evangelist, Derek Bingham and the sculptor. Carmichael is depicted in her tenth year, Ross commented that it ‘celebrates the childhood beginnings and spiritual inspiration’ of Carmichael, which he hoped would inspire future generations. The sculpture was unveiled by Margaret Bingham on Saturday 16 December 2017, the 150th anniversary of Carmichael’s birth. The plinth is inscribed ‘Amy Carmichael /1867–1951/ A life and legacy of grace’.

Location: Grounds of Presbyterian Church, Hamilton Street, Bangor, Northern Ireland.