Love of Liberty: The Liberian Flag Story and Quilt Pattern

Love of Liberty

Who stitched the first US flag? I’d bet you’d say, Betsy Ross. Who sewed the first Liberian flag? Did you know it was seven African American women? Learn more about these 1847 seamstresses, some born free and others former slaves: Susannah Lewis, who chaired the flag committee, Sarah Draper from Philadelphia, Mary L. Hunter from […]

Walking the Lonesome Road

Walking the Lonesome Road

This book looks at Liberian history and sees a path for the West African nation to become a great nation. It is a dream, but who said dreams followed honestly and sincerely cannot bear valuable fruits?

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell

Odyssey of John Kizell

The inspirational story of John Kizell celebrates the life of a West African enslaved as a boy and brought to South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution. Fleeing his owner, Kizell served with the British military in the Revolutionary War, began a family in the Nova Scotian wilderness, and then returned to his […]

Slaves No More: Letters from Liberia, 1833-1869

Slaves No More

“Between 1820 and 1861 more than 12,000 American blacks made the long voyage to Liberia. Many were members of families that had been brought to America in the 1600s. In the jungles of West Africa, these new settlers battled virulent tropical diseases, marauding wild beasts, and fierce native tribesmen; with only basic hand tools (draft […]

From Virginia Slave to African Statesman: Hilary Teage (1805-1853)

From Virginia Slave

Born a slave in Virginia, Hilary Teage emigrated to West Africa, where he became a Baptist pastor, merchant statesman, and newspaper editor. Although long ignored, he produced an engaging and prodigious range of poems, personality profiles, ethnographic articles, and policy papers. Teage was an early exponent of pan-Africanism and a mentor of Edward Wilmot Blyden. […]

Black Christian Republicanism

Black Christian Republicanism

This book explores the life and ideas of Hilary Teage, a Baptist pastor, merchant, statesman, and newspaper editor. A native of Virginia, Teage applied his many talents and considerable energies to building Liberia, the first republic in Africa. Although long ignored, he produced an engaging and prodigious range of poems, personality profiles, ethnographic articles, and […]

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea

Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea reveals the long-hidden story of those who lived in the region before Liberia was created. Here are a few of the inspiring revelations it contains: The different languages and ethnic groups of Liberia share a common root. The barkless “kaykay” dog found in Liberian villages were a […]

Liberian Dreams: Back-to-Africa Narratives from the 1850s

Liberian Dreams

In the early nineteenth century, the American Colonization Society was formed for the purpose of encouraging the emigration of free blacks to Africa. While intent on ridding the United States of what the Society’s members saw as a dangerous black population, the association also attracted some liberals who viewed its goals as an incentive toward […]

History of Liberia

History of Liberia

“History of Liberia” offers a new twist and fresh historical perspective on the history of Liberia that is well worth reading. In the words of Emmanuel Abalo, former acting president of the Press Union of Liberia, “History of Liberia” offers “an absolutely invaluable historical insight couched in language which is conclusive and entertaining. A striking […]