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Sally Bonetta Forbes, born in West Africa was captured and became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a present for Queen Victoria. She was brought back to England and Victoria and Albert paid for her education. Later when Sally was married, Queen Victoria was godmother to their first child, named Victoria in her honour.
Rosa Parks Anti-Rape and Civil Rights activist. She was considered the best rape investigator the NAACP had and formed the Alabama Committee for Equal Justice for for Mrs Recy Taylor, the victim of a gang rape and kidnapping. The committee was called "strongest campaign for equal justice to be seen in a decade" by the Chicago Defender. 11 years later she would take a much deserved seat on a bus and refuse to get up.
Sacajawea. She was stolen, held captive, sold, eventually she was reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker.
Original photograph of SAARTIJIE "SARAH" BAARTMAN. Born and raised amongst the KHOIKHOIS in SOUTH AFRICA. In 1810, she was persuaded by Dr. WILLIAM DUNLOP to travel to EUROPE to make her fortune. However, she was considered an anthropological freak in ENGLAND/PARIS, and she found herself being displayed as a sexual curiosity, and could only find work as a PROSTITUTE and CARNIVAL FREAK. Dubbed by her captors, THE HOTTENTOT VENUS, her image swept through ALL of European popular culture.
MARTHA ANN RICKS, was born a Slave, in TN, about 1817. At 13, she and her family were returned to Africa by the Tennessee Colonization Society who felt Free Blacks should not be allowed to remain in North America. Inspired by Queen Victoria’s stance on Slavery, Ricks was determined to make a quilt for the Queen. Over twenty five years, she worked on the cotton silk quilt. At age 76, she sailed to England and was presented at court on July 16, 1892, presenting her quilt to the Queen.