Tag Archives: Monrovia

“Human Cargo”

The African sun burns deep into my aching back and limbs; it sears my skin, stretched taut over bones weary from gathering crops six days a week; it dries the sweat which flows from the roots of my hair to … Continue reading

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“My New Land”: (Epistolary Poem)

Monrovia,¬†February 28, 1830 Dear James, My new land lies before my eyes Lush green growth from shore to mountains. Deep in the brush, a strange bird cries And water flows from cool fountains. A harbor deep where natives trade And … Continue reading

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“The Promised Land”

By the Great Tree, Monrovia, Liberia. April the eleventh, 1830. Dear Sir, Fifty-six days at sea with most of our newly-freed black brethren suffering from seasickness, and now that we are in Africa, from the fever. We have lost four … Continue reading

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