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Bonetta [married name Davies], (Ina) Sarah Forbes [Sally] (c. 1843–1880), Queen Victoria's ward  

Joan Anim-Addo

Bonetta [married name Davies], (Ina) Sarah Forbes [Sally] (c. 1843–1880), Queen Victoria's ward, was born in west Africa (in the south-west of modern-day Nigeria) about 1843, of Yoruba descent. Few details are known about her family besides their massacre by forces loyal to the Dahomian monarch, ...

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Bonetta, (Ina) Sarah Forbes (c. 1843–1880)  

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(Ina) Sarah Forbes Bonetta (c. 1843–1880) by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant  

Christine Eickelmann

Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant, was born on 26 August 1767 on Mountravers plantation, Nevis, in the West Indies, the first of five children of Black Polly (b. c.1752, d. in or after 1823). Her mother was probably enslaved in ...

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Douglas, Cecilia (1772–1862), West India planter, slave owner, and art collector  

Stephen Mullen

Douglas, Cecilia (1772–1862), West India planter, slave owner, and art collector, was born in Glasgow on 28 February 1772, the daughter of John Douglas, West India merchant, formerly of Edinburgh, and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of George Buchanan, merchant. Both her maternal and paternal family lines had connections with the ...

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Prince [married name James], Mary (b. c. 1788), freed slave  

Moira Ferguson

Prince [married name James], Mary (b. c. 1788), freed slave, was born at Brackish Pond, Devonshire parish, Bermuda. She was the daughter of slaves: her mother was a house-servant, her father, named Prince, was a sawyer. Mary (or Molly) Prince was the first black British woman to ‘walk away’ from slavery, claim her freedom, and chronicle her experiences. Her narrative, entitled ...