Worked by Maria Shaw, 1838
This sampler was worked by a British girl in Sierra Leone in 1838. Finishing a needlework sampler was an important step in the education of well-brought-up girls in the early 1800s.
Freetown, now the capital city, was founded in 1792 by anti-slavery campaigners as a land for freed slaves. Methodist missionaries worked there and by 1811 it had an established Methodist Society.