Hydrogen sulfide sorption activities of manganese oxide and Mn-Fe-Cu mixed oxide sorbents were examined in a fixed bed reactor. Sulfur retention capacity of Mn-O sorbent was found to be quite high at 600 degrees C both in the absence and presence of hydrogen gas (0.17 and 0.14 g S/g sorbent, respectively). This sorbent has a high porosity and a relatively high surface area. Best regeneration temperature of this sorbent was found as 700 degrees C, with a gas stream containing 6% oxygen in nitrogen. Mn-Fe-Cu mixed oxide sorbent had a lower sulfur retention capacity (0.07 g S/g sorbent). However, both of these sorbents gave quite high initial sorption rate constants, resulting very sharp breakthrough curves. Deactivation model was shown to give good agreement with the experimental H2S breakthrough curves.