Margaretta S. Ridgely With Three Children

Date:
1898

Margaretta S. Ridgely (1869-1949) was the youngest daughter of Charles (1830-1872) and Margaretta Howard Ridgely (1824-1904). After her mother’s death, she became an Episcopal missionary in Africa, founding a girl’s school in Liberia where she spent 28 years. The Liberian government eventually awarded her a knighthood in the “Humane Order of African Redemption.” The three children she is reading to may be children of Hampton tenant farmers.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. H: 8cm, W: 8.2cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP20430
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site

Permit

Date:
1929
Creator:
Department of the Interior, Republic of Liberia

This Permit of Residence allows Margaretta S. Ridgely to live for one year in Liberia. Then sixty years old, Margaretta spent 1929 as her twenty-fifth year residing in the country where she served as an Episcopal missionary and founded a school for girls. Instead of collecting her salary as a missionary, Margaretta redirected the funds to support the efforts of a missionary in China.

Description (physical):

Material: Paper. L: 27.5cm, W: 21.5cm.

Location:
535 Hampton Lane Towson,Maryland 21286
Identifier:
HAMP14868
Institution:
Hampton National Historic Site