Did you see the Google link of the day? It’s a very nicely painted photo of a woman in profile reading a book on a beach before the ocean. It is Mary Prince.
It is she who said, Am I not a woman and a sister? when as a slave she petitioned for the abolition of slavery.
In the picture there are gulls or other white sea birds wheeling in the air, but Mary is intent on her book.
What book is it? Perhaps she is reading her own book – The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, related by herself.
You can get it on Amazon.
Here’s the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry for her:
Mary Prince (1788 – after 1833, age at death approx. 45) was a British abolitionist and autobiographer, born in Bermuda to an enslaved family of African descent. Subsequent to her escape, when she was living in London, England, she wrote her slave narrative The History of Mary Prince, which was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom. This first-hand description of the brutalities of enslavement, released at a time when slavery was still legal in Bermuda and British Caribbean colonies, had a galvanising effect on the anti-slavery movement. It was reprinted twice in its first year.
Ironically, the only thing I haven’t been able to find is who painted the Google picture.