Joost de Blank


Biography of Joost de Blank

Joost de Blank (b Rotterdam 14 November 1908 – d Westminster 1 January 1968) was the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa from 1957 to 1963 and was known as the "scourge of apartheid" for his ardent opposition to the whites-only policies of the South African government.

He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, King's College London, and Queens' College, Cambridge. He was ordained after a period of study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge in 1932 and began his career as a Curate in Bath. De Blank held incumbencies at Forest Gate and Harrow; and was the Bishop of Stepney in London from 1952 to 1957.

A Sub-Prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, De Blank was buried in Westminster Abbey where he spent his final years as a Canon.

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