Sierra Leone: We are Freetown!

By Alpha Bedoh Kamara


Freetown Cotton Tree

Founded on the backdrop of slavery, Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone is speaking, narrating her story of trials and triumph, of a city, crafted, by tears, hope, and freedom.

And like the resilience of the  Freetown Cotton Tree, Raymond D’Souza George’s words are voices speaking from a city that speaks of freedom. A city people can call home!

The city of Freetown was founded on March 11, 1792 by Lieutenant John Clarkson and black ex-slaves and free people called the Nova Scotian Settlers, who were transported to Sierra Leone by the Sierra Leone Company in 1792.

The city of Freetown was founded as a land for freed African American and West Indian slaves, and their descendants are known as the Creole people. Freetown is the oldest capital to be founded by African Americans, having been founded thirty years before Monrovia, Liberia.

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