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Lady Nellie | 1895 Nellie Franklin decked out in Victorian splendor holding a parasol. Tallahassee, Florida circa 1885-1911. Alvan S. Harper Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida.

Cudjo Lewis (1841–1935) is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. He was born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Banté region of Dahomey (today Benin). At age 14, he began his training as a soldier & was inducted into oro, the Yoruba secret male society; by age 19, he was undergoing initiation. His initiation training was cut short, however, in the spring of 1860 when soldiers from Dahomey raided his town, killing townspeople & taking prisoners.

from the Guardian

The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years

Sara Forbes Bonetta. Brighton, 1862. A young West African slave child rescued by a sea captain and given as a gift to Queen Victoria.