U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Michael McCarthy joined Minister of Info, Tradition, and Tourism Ledgerhood Rennie, Nationwide Conventional Council Chief Zanzan Karwor, and Deputy Minister for Authorized Affairs Deweh Grey at Windfall Island to announce a U.S.-Liberian collaborative initiative on preservation of the historic venue and improvement of suggestions for its reuse.
Additionally in attendance had been Minister of Justice Frank Musah Dean, Mayor of Monrovia Jefferson Koijee, and Stephen Battle, Program Director of the World Monuments Fund.
In 2020, the U.S. Division of State awarded the World Monuments Fund (WMF) an almost $100,000 grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP, https://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center/ambassadors-fund-cultural-preservation), overseen by the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, to conduct a examine on preservation and reuse of Windfall Island.
WMF chosen College of Virginia professor Allison James to steer the examine challenge and to seek the advice of with wide-ranging Liberian stakeholders. Professor James is collaborating carefully with Dr. William B. Allen, professor of historical past on the College of Liberia and scholar of Liberian historical past.
Windfall Island, the place indigenous tribes lived for hundreds of years previous to the arrival of previously enslaved American settlers in 1821, is crucial to telling the story of Liberia, its peoples, and nationhood. It’s also a logo of the enduring relationship and people-to-people ties between america and Liberia. And at this time, Windfall Island can be an necessary inexperienced house in central Monrovia and a possible vacationer attraction.
Professor James, with the assist of the Ministry of Info, Tradition, and Tourism (MICAT), first visited Liberia in November 2020. She met with authorities ministers, the Nationwide Conventional Council of Liberia, youth leaders, members of the communities surrounding Windfall Island, and different stakeholders. She is at present instructing a category that companions College of Virginia college students with College of Liberia college students to conduct analysis initiatives that may inform the historic info within the last examine.
On Friday, the Authorities of Liberia, represented by Deputy Minister Grey, and the Authorities of america, represented by Ambassador McCarthy, signed a joint assertion to announce their assist for the plan to protect and reuse Windfall Island.
As well as, MICAT, represented by Minister Rennie and attested to by Minister of Justice Dean, and the World Monuments Fund, represented by Venture Lead Stephen Battle, signed a memorandum of understanding, which states their mutual need to develop and reinforce their cooperation in conserving the cultural panorama of Windfall Island.
Talking to the celebrated group gathered to rejoice this event, Ambassador McCarthy expressed his pleasure, “Windfall Island continues to be a gathering place, a spot of alternate, a spot of nature, a spot of multiculturalism. It’s actually historic floor. And it’s and can all the time be highly effective image of the enduring U.S.-Liberia relationship.”