Liberian Quilter Who Met Queen Victoria Gets Own Documentary

The documentary uncovers the remarkable tale of how, 125 years ago, a former slave came to meet the most powerful woman in the world. Martha Ann Erskine Ricks was born into slavery in Tennessee in 1817, but when she was 13 her father secured the family's freedom and they migrated to Liberia as part of the American Colonization Society's initiative, which believed that newly freed slaves would face a better future in Africa.  

Portrait of Mrs. Martha Anne Erskine Ricks, Queen Victoria’s visitor, photographed in London

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