Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 Freetown was founded on March 11, 1792 black ex-slaves and Thomas Peters Escaped Slave From North Carolina 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.
Thomas Peters, a Nigerian-born, slave, Black Loyalist soldier, in the British Black Company of Pioneers, early Black settler of the Province of Nova Scotia, British Canada, and one of the “Founding Fathers” of the Nova Scotian Settlers, Sierre Leone Colony, in West Africa, from a painted portrait
In 1791, Thomas Peters, an African American who had served in the Black Pioneers, went to England to report the grievances of the black population in Nova Scotia. Some of these African Americans were ex-slaves who had escaped to the British forces who had been given their freedom and resettled there by the Crown after the American Revolution. Land grants and assistance in starting the settlements had been intermittent and slow.
Tired of the harsh weather and racial discrimination in Nova Scotia, more than 1,100 former American slaves chose to go to Sierra Leone. They sailed in 15 ships and arrived in St. George Bay between February 26 – March 9, 1792. Sixty-four settlers died en route to Sierra Leone, and Lieutenant Clarkson was among those taken ill during the voyage. Upon reaching Sierra Leone, Clarkson and some of the Nova Scotian ‘captains’ “dispatched on shore to clear or make roadway for their landing”
In March 1792, Nathaniel Gilbert, a white preacher, prayed and preached a sermon under the large Cotton Tree, and Reverend David George, from South Carolina, preached the first recorded Baptist service in Africa. The land was dedicated and christened ‘Free Town,’ as ordered by the Sierra Leone Company Directors. This was the first thanksgiving service. #FreeTown #SierraLeone #ThomasPeters #WestAfrica #Settlements #AfricansReturntoAfrica #WestAfricanAncestry #westafricandnaistheoldest #repatriation #Emigration #AfricaForAfricans