With this work, I hope to honor the generous assistance of Robert P. Forbes at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University; Joseph Opala of James Madison University; Mark Jones at the Connecticut State Library; Dr. Eric Levine, D.M.D.; Dione Longley of the Middlesex County Historical Society; Eliza Garfield, Paul O'Pecko, William N. Peterson and Quentin Snediker, all of Mystic Seaport; David Richardson of the University of Hull, England; Patricia M. Schaefer of the New London County Historical Society; Elizabeth Ann Warner of Middletown; and Killingly, Conn., Town Historian Margaret Weaver. Hartford Courant colleagues Steve Courtney, Joel Lang, Edmund H. Mahony, and Cheryl Magazine helped as I first began to puzzle over the ship's log, and Stephanie Summers and Susan Kinsman provided good thinking at project's end.
For their abiding hospitality and help throughout our visit in Sierra Leone, I am grateful to U.S. Ambassador Thomas N. Hull, his wife, Jill, and Deputy Chief of Mission James Stewart. In Freetown, I had valuable conversations with Marian Alfred, Zainab Bangura, Manilius Garber, Charlie Haffner, Jacquie Hope, The Hon. Chernor Jalloh, Josephine M. Kargbo, David Vandi Mbahwah and Cecil Williams. They helped me understand the country they love.
The staff at the Connecticut State Library, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the Homer Babbidge Library and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut and the National Museum of Sierra Leone also made researching this work a joy.
My beloved friend Robert S. Capers built a system of maps that helped us understand the transatlantic voyages of the Africa, the Good Hope and the Fox.
Finally, I am grateful to Robert and Grant Bagwell of Hadlyme, for building beautiful stone walls for me while I worked on this project, and for their daily question: "Annie, what are you making today?" Now I can show them what I made.
- Anne FarrowCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times