The Krios of Sierra Leone

One of the greatest parts of researching the life and times of A.B.C. Merriman-Labor was the opportunity to learn about Krio history. I was immediately enthralled by the rich past of the Krio people. 

The Museum of London, Docklands, has been featuring an exhibit on the Krios of Sierra Leone, and I am delighted to share some clips from my friend Iyamide Thomas,  as well as Eddy Smythe whose father was one of the first black airmen for the Royal Airforce, and Melissa Bennett, Higher Education Programme Manager at the Museum of London. 

Iyamide Thomas, Historical Researcher,
Talks about Krio Identity 
Talks about Krio Language

Eddy Smythe
Talks about his father John Henry Smythe, RAF Navigator WWII

Iyamide Thomas and Melissa Bennett
Talk about Krio Dress and Objects in the Collection


Here are a couple of wonderful pages from the Museum of London, Docklands that you’ll want to see:

Meet the Krios Exhibit at the Museum of London, Docklands

From Sierra Leone to Stalag Luft 1: Remembering Johnny Smythe