My picture book about the true story of ex-slave who fulfilled dream of meeting Queen Victoria is free this week on amazon! You can download your free copy by clicking here.
I illustrated this book for author Kyra E. Hicks a few years ago—and it was a challenge! It required a lot of research, and a lot of care and attention. I will say, however, that of all the books I’ve done, it’s my mom’s favourite!
The story of Martha Ann may not be well-known—but it is true. Martha Ann was twelve years old when her father saved enough money to purchase her freedom from slavery. In 1830, the family left Tennessee to begin a new life in the African country of Liberia. On market days, Martha Ann watched the British navy patrolling the Liberian coast to stop slave catchers from kidnapping her family and friends and forcing them back into slavery. Martha Ann decided to thank Queen Victoria in person for sending the navy. But that meant figuring out a way to make the 3,500-mile voyage to England—a seemingly impossible dream. But fulfill it, she did—after a full fifty years of saving spare coins.