The Sierra Leone Web



Bai Bureh Photo

Rediscovered in 2012 by Gary Schulze, this 1898 photograph by a British lieutenant is believed to be the only existing photograph of Sierra Leone's national hero Bai Bureh.

Supreme Court decision: Alhaji Samuel Sam-Sumana v. the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Victor Bockarie Foh

The 9 September 2015 decision of the Supreme Court upholding the legality of the president's dismissal of the vice-president.

Sierra Leone's Golden Jubilee

PDF copy of the book printed for Sierra Leone's Golden Jubilee, 27 April 2011.

55th Independence Anniversary Ebook

PDF copy. By Ade Daramy for Sierra Leone's 55th independence anniversary, 27 April 2016.

Sierra Leone History Slideshow

MP4. By Ade Daramy for Sierra Leone's 55th independence anniversary, 27 April 2016.

The 1926 Slave Revolt in Sierra Leone

By Alfred Arkley. Presented at International Conference, Sierra Leone Past & Present, Freetown, Sierra Leone, April 26, 2012. Revised Feb 15, 2013.


An Act for carrying into effect the Engagements between Her Majesty and certain Chiefs of the Sherbro Country near Sierra Leone in Africa, for the more effectual Suppression of the Slave Trade.

The UN and Sierra Leone: An Enduring Relationship

Historic photos of Sierra Leone from the United Nations Photo Library. By Ade Daramy.

Sierra Leonean Heroes

Sierra Leonean Heroes: Fifty Men and Women Who Helped to Build Our Nation (1988). Commissioned by the Sierra Leone government.

The Amistad Revolt

Arthur Abraham's pamphlet, "The Amistad Revolt: An Historical Legacy of Sierra Leone and the United States." Published by the U.S. Information Service in 1987; re-published in 1988.

Freetown in 1848

The ethnic makeup of the Freetown colony in 1848.

Missionary Report

Transcribed 1853 report of the UBC missionaries W.J. Shuey, D.C. Kumler and D.K. Flickinger to the leadership of their church on their lengthy trip around Sierra Leone, looking for locations where mission outposts could be established.

A Voyage to the River Sierra-Leone

Published in 1788. Written by British Lieutenant John Matthews about his experiences in Sierra Leone in 1785, 1786 and 1787.

Two Voyages to Sierra Leone during the years 1791-2-3

Published in 1794. By Anna Falconbridge.

Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolima Countries, in Western Africa

Published in 1825. By Major Alexander Gordon Laing.

Sierra Leone, or the Liberated Africans, in a Series of Letters from a Young Lady to Her Sister in 1833 and 34

By Mary Church. Published in 1835.

A Residence at Sierra Leone

By Elizabeth Melville, edited by Hon. Mrs. Norton.

Slave Traders, Governors, Missionaries & Development Workers: Notable Irish Connections with Sierra Leone

Written by Seán Farren, and published in 2011 by the Sierra Leone Irish Partnership.

Governor Clarkson's Prayer for Sierra Leone

This prayer by Sierra Leone's first governor-general still hangs today in many homes in Freetown.

Post Conflict and Reconstruction

Documents following the end of the conflict.

Conflict and the Road to Peace (1991-2002)

Ceasefire agreements and peace accords, photos, TRC testimony, and documents from the Government of Sierra Leone, the Revolutionary United Front, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, and others.