On this day (April 18) in 1874, the body of David Livingstone was interred in London's Westminster Abbey. Livingstone had died almost a year earlier, on May 1 1873 in what is now northern Zambia. He died in a mud hut on his knees in prayer. London gave him a 21-gun salute and a hero's funeral among the saints in Westminster Abbey.
BORN MARCH 19, 1813
AT BLANTYRE, LANARKSHIRE.
DIED MAY 1 1873,
AT CHITAMBO'S VILLAGE, ULALA.
FOR THIRTY YEARS HIS LIFE WAS SPENT
IN AN UNWEARIED EFFORT
TO EVANGELIZE THE NATIVE RACES,
TO EXPLORE THE UNDISCOVERED SECRETS
AND ABOLISH THE DESOLATING SLAVE TRADE
OF CENTRAL AFRICA.
WHERE WITH HIS LAST WORDS HE WROTE,
"ALL I CAN ADD IN MY SOLITUDE IS,
MAY HEAVEN'S RICH BLESSING COME DOWN
EVERYONE, AMERICAN, ENGLISH OR TURK,
WILL HELP TO HEAL
THIS OPEN SORE OF THE WORLD."