History of the KRIOS of Sierra Leone, West Africa
A black ex-sergeant in the British Army who fought in the Revolutionary war named Thomas Peters with bravery and persistence and the help of English abolitionists played a significant part for an English donation of an African land to 1,100 American slaves who had fled to Canada. For six long years they waited and heard nothing from the British authorities. Determined to get the land promised Peters went to visit the Parliament in England. He immediately befriended a great abolitionist Granville Sharp who was determined to help him.
Following that friendship then Secretary of State for foreign affairs received a petition written in Peter’s name by Granville Sharp requesting travel arrangements for these freed people to Africa for their land.The British Parliament favored the cause and agreed that up to 50 acres of land per family would be given in a place called SIERRA LEONE on the West Coast of Africa. Peters came back to Canada and joined 1190 others for the voyage to Africa. Unfortunately Thomas Peters and many others died on this journey but his hard work and labor gave those who survived a new home called FREETOWN which is the capital of this land called SIERRA LEONE.
The intent of this settlement was to secure a home on the continent of Africa for natives of Africa and their descendants who were slaves taken abroad. A group known as the “Black Poor” from England were also sent from England this was a combination of some sixty nondescript white women and a few white men.
The third group of arrivals were some who revolted against their British masters in the West Indian Island of Jamaica these are known as the “MAROONS.”
The last settlers were released human cargo who were freed following the end of the slave trade and a vice - admiralty court was established in Freetown for the trial of all slave ships. These were known as the “Liberated Africans.”
This new land - Freetown therefore became a cultural melting pot with a society comprising of four levels of indigenous inhabitants: The Black Poor from England, The Nova Scotians from Canada, The Maroons from Jamaica and The Liberated Africans.
Together these make-up : THE KRIOS of Sierra Leone.
Descendants of these settlers from Sierra Leone, West Africa have dedicated the labor day weekend within the United States of America to celebrate this family reunion as a global heritage weekend (The Krio Descendant Union ~ Family Reunion) whereby various chapters throughout the US, and their global affiliates come together in peace, unity and love to meet, celebrate and remember significant historical facts about their heritage through symposiums, celebrations, thanksgiving and exhibits and to help pioneer their roles and efforts
in helping to make their country Sierra Leone gain her favorable and honorable global position.This year 2013, they meet with one love in Atlanta, Georgia.