The Mayflower of Liberia leaves New York


The Elizabeth (1848)
Date: 
Sun, 1820-02-06

*On this date in 1820 the Mayflower of Liberia set sail. This was the first organized Black emigration back to Africa.

It began when 86 free Blacks left New York Harbor aboard the ship the Elizabeth, which was called the Mayflower of Liberia. They were bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, a country that welcomed free Blacks from America as well as fugitive slaves. It arrived on March 9th of that year.

Reference:
Black First:
2,000 years of extraordinary achievement
by Jessie Carney Smith
Copyright 1994 Visible Ink Press, Detroit, MI
ISBN 0-8103-9490-1

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