Friday Cartoon: “On the Brain – Mrs Martha Ricks” (1891)

The story of Martha Ricks is an extraordinary one. The daughter of a freed slave, her father moved the family from Tennessee to Liberia in 1830. Her family prospered in Liberia, and along with her husband, travelled with Joseph Jenkin Roberts, Liberia’s first president on his tour of Europe and the United States in 1848. As the Anyone Can…