The Chronicle presents a series on the history of the Tubmans, a group of slaves set free by Augustan Richard Tubman in 1836. With the help of his widow, Emily, they traveled to Africa, where they settled in a colony that eventually became Liberia.
The Tubman people prospered in their new home, starting farms, churches and schools. And the grandson of two of those slaves went on to become the nation's president, one of the most powerful black men in the world.
Augusta Chronicle staff photographer Jonathan Ernst spent two years researching the story. He lived in Liberia for nearly a month, gathering information and taking photos that accompany the stories.