“Freetown is so named for a reason. Land bought from local Temne chiefs in the late 18th century became the new home for resettled freed slaves from Britain and North America, and of ‘recaptives’ taken off seized slave ships on the Atlantic after Britain passed the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.”
Today, we find that millions of Africans in the diaspora trace their maternal or paternal ancestry to Sierra Leone. I personally have traced my maternal ancestry to the Mende and Temne people of Sierra Leone.
In April/May of 2022, I spent two weeks getting to know various parts of the country, participated in a citizenship workshop, and was sworn in by the president as a new Sierra Leonian.
April 01, 2022