A former slave's gift for Queen Victoria
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How former slave Martha Ricks gifted a quilt to Queen Victoria

When former slave Martha Ann Erskine Ricks fulfilled her dream of meeting Queen Victoria, sailing from Liberia to England in 1892, she took with her a special gift for the monarch.

Here is her story, in her own words, read by her descendant Florence Dennis-Huskin.

Images of Martha are courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Animation by Jenny Anderson.

Producer: Penny Dale

You can listen here to The Documentary: Looking for Aunt Martha's Quilt.

  • 06 Jul 2017
  • From the section Africa