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The story of Sarah Bonetta Forbes is one of displacement and reveals how she was fetishized in both Africa and England. Born a princess into a west-African Yoruba dynasty, she was captured as a child during a slave hunt war in which her parents were killed by Ghezo of Dahomey (1848), the most notorious slave trading monarch in West Africa during the early nineteenth century. She was discharged by the king to Captain Frederick Forbes, who was sent to West Africa to persuade the king to abandon slavery.
H 8.3 x W 5.6 cm