A Shaker meeting

Victorian illustration to download showing a Shaker meeting. Men, women and children sit and listen to a preacher, Frederick William Evans (1808-93), a prominent Shaker, author of ‘The Shakers’ Compendium’ (1859), who settled in America. The women are plainly dressed and wear close-fitting bonnets. Shakers (the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) have a celibate and communal lifestyle, and believe in pacifism, the equality of the sexes, and simple living. Their worship included singing, dancing and marching. Today only one tiny branch remains (in the USA).