Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 visited and laid wreath at the burial site of Liberia's first President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts. “In his memory once again recognizing his contribution to Liberia, I laid this wreath," she said.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement when she visited the Palm Groove Cemetery on Center Street, Monrovia to lay wreath and paid tribute to Liberia's first President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts.
The Liberian leader recapped the late President J.J. Roberts’ remarkable and outstanding leadership role exhibited in positioning Liberia with commitment towards the development of Liberia. President Sirleaf prayed for God’s protection and the peaceful rest of his soul and the blessings of God on Liberia.
The holiday of the late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts seeks to honor the first President of Liberia and is celebrated on March 15 each year in keeping with an Act of the Legislature. The late J.J. Roberts was born on March 15, 1809, in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
In 1828, he immigrated to Liberia, under the auspice of the American Colonization Society. In July 1847, Liberia became an independent state. Presidential election took place in October 1847. Roberts won the election and was sworn into office in January 1848. He was re-elected three times and served as President for 8 (eight) years. He died at age 66 on February 24, 1876 in Monrovia, Liberia.