Liberia celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding by Africans returning from slavery in America, on Friday (7 January).
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MV Cornerstone being layed (2 shots)
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SCU Mrs. Tubman (in black) and Mrs Tolbert (in white)
SV President Tolbert speaks
MV President Tolbert decorating King Peter's great-grandson
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Background: Liberia celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding by Africans returning from slavery in America, on Friday (7 January). At Providence Island -- where the first slaves landed -- President William Tolbert watched leaders of Liberia's Masonic Craft lay the cornerstone for an anniversary monument. Commemorative trees were also planted by descendants of the early pioneers and one of the tribal chiefs who welcomed them.
Between 1822 and 1892 some 16,400 freed Negro slaves from the southern U.S.A. -- formerly known as Americo-Liberians -- settled at different places along the "Grain Coast" under the auspices of the American Colonization Society and six other philanthropical organisations. Liberia's Republic -- founded in 1847 -- is the oldest in Africa. The country now has a population of about 1,200,000.