Sunday, November 6, 2011

Washington DC church helps establish important library in Liberia

Today, during the potluck dinner at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, there was a report of a new library established (in June 2011) in Monrovia, Liberia (on the coast of West Africa), the building almost on the beach itself, called the “Francis A. Dennis Sr. Memorial Library”. It will seek collections of books on international relations particularly for countries in its region of Africa.

Liberia is one of two countries in the region not founded by colonialism and mercantilism; it was actually formed by freed slaves.

Companies have used Liberia for ship registries. That was true of an insurance company I worked for, USLICO, in the early 1990s; it owned a ship registry and actually promoted someone to manage it. In 1995, the company was acquired by NWNL which would become ReliaStar and then ING.

Liberia is about 85% Christian.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Liberian students studying by candlelight.

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