Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman has left us a gem. In JELLEMOH a highly literate account of the life of a distinguished woman who in symbolizing Liberia (and Africa) fused in her experience native Africa and westernized Africa. This is a deeply personal account of the life and time of her mother presented with such contextual richness that a social history of Liberia during time frame is the product.

Rare is the genre of the biography on Liberia. Rarer still is its capture not of the widely publicized two separate Liberias, but the struggle towards a cultural hybrid. The study suggests powerfully what the real Liberian society would look like if somehow a critical mass of other such accounts could be produced—the human encounters and accommodations of cultures.


~D. Elwood Dunn, Sewanee – The University of the South


Because of her dedication to scholarship and her outstanding contribution to the advancement of higher education in service to national development in Liberia, the Liberian Studies Association is honored to endorse the posthumous publication of Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman's JELLEMOH.

Jellemoh is the compelling story of one of the most prominent families in the history of Liberia with both traditional and indigenous roots -- two Presidents, and a Liberian Supreme Court Justice.


~ Joseph E. Holloway

This story of Victoria Elizabeth Jellemoh Grimes' life is a welcome addition to the small amount of biographical writing on Africans-and on women in particular, but appearing as it does when Liberia is in such turmoil gives one reason to hope that the future for this country can still be bright if from its population emerge women with the character and intelligence of Victoria Elizabeth Jellemoh Grimes.


~ Adelaide M. Cromwell, Director Emeritus African-American Studies Center, Boston University