Free Slaves in Freetown

  • Joseph Kaifala
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter centers on the Black Poor, free blacks in London after the Somerset ruling, and their repatriation to Sierra Leone. It focuses on the efforts of British abolitionists, including Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, William Wilberforce, Henry Thornton, and so on, to end the slave trade, while making sure that Freetown, which was founded as a home for free slaves, flourished. The chapter discusses the complexity of life in Freetown and Sharp’s devotion to the settlers. This chapter also covers the journey of the Nova Scotians from Canada to Sierra Leone under the captainship of John Clarkson. It features Gustavus Vassa, an influential London free black who was commissioned to accompany the Black Poor to Sierra Leone.


Nova Scotia Black People Slave Trade Safe Passage African Institution 
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  • Joseph Kaifala
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  1. 1.The Jeneba Project Inc.New YorkUSA

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