President Sirleaf Reopens, Cuts Ribbon to Newly Refurbished National Museum on Broad Street

Wednesday, 29th November 2017
President Sirleaf speaking during reopening ceremony.
President Sirleaf speaking during reopening ceremony.
Photo Credit: Executive Mansion Photo

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially reopened and performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished National Museum on Broad Street in Monrovia. She said she could not say anything that would fundamentally the passion of Smithsonian Carol Alexander who remarkably executed the social, cultural and historical atonements of such magnificent project.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf spoke joyously at programs making the official reopening and ribbon-cutting occasion of the elegantly refurbished National Museum on Broad Street – downtown Monrovia.

The Liberian leader called on Liberians to protect, maintain and preserve such historical and cultural artifacts and challenged them to use the structure to become a reconciling force, use to promote peace and encourage individual, groups as well as intra cum inter-ethnic cohesion. She said Friendship and reconciliation begins with each of our hearts.

Speaking earlier, Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe said Carol Alexander took over the project as though her life depended on it and praised her exuberance, passion, determination and commitment, which also characterized 12 years of President Sirleaf’s administration.

He informed the audience that Providence Island and the Nimba Strict Nature Reserve have been tentatively placed on the list of UNESCO-sanctioned World Heritage sites. He was quick to add that certain benchmarks had to be met. He also described the Museum as history in itself and was commissioned in 1843.

For her part, Carol Alexander underscored vision and passion as cardinal to reawakening Liberia’s rich cultural values and history. She called on Liberians to make a maximum use of the museum to their benefit with a view to understanding appreciating their history. She implored Liberians to use the structure to educate and re-educate every Liberian of their culture and history. She stressed the need to inculcate a sense of belonging that will inspire greater interest in the culture, history and Liberianness of the great people of Liberia.