This Day in History: 1878-04-21

A total of 206 African Americans from Charleston, South Carolina set sail aboard the ship Azor to Liberia in what is often referred to as the Liberian Exodus. The Liberian Exodus Joint Stock Steamship Company was formed in 1877 by Blacks who wanted to emigrate to Africa due to the harsh conditions they suffered in America. The emigrants achieved success in Liberia, albeit slowly. By 1880, most had found a livelihood and did not wish to return to the United States. By 1890, the Azor’s passengers were well represented among Liberia’s most prominent citizens. Learn more.