Liberia: A Potential Vacationer Website Lies in Ruins – Liberia’s First President’s Grave Deserted By Govt


Monrovia — In different international locations, the gravesites of their first Presidents are historic websites, and vacationers come from all elements of the world to see them. Nevertheless, it isn’t the case in Liberia as the primary President of Liberia, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, and his complete household’s graves are deserted by the federal government and are mendacity on the historic Palm Groves, essentially the most desecrated cemetery in Liberia.

The ultimate resting place of Ghana’s first President is positioned in central Accra, Ghana. It’s referred to as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

The museum hosts uncommon artifacts regarding Ghana’s independence and excursions on the park give guests the in-depth historical past of the Sub-saharan battle for independence.

The mausoleum designed by Don Arthur homes the mortal stays of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his spouse Fathia Nkrumah.

Ghana receives thousands and thousands of {dollars} from vacationers who go to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum yearly.

This isn’t the case in Liberia. The stays of former President Roberts, his mom Amelia Roberts, his brother Henry J. Roberts, his spouse Sarah Ann, and kids together with the previous Secretary of State of Liberia Hilary Teage have been all buried in separate graves and positioned in a fence on the Middle and Lyne Streets facet of the Palm Groves Cemetery.

For a couple of century, the authority has been unable to develop the place to draw guests and it appears to not be anyplace close to this regime’s agenda.

Drug addicts have taken over your complete gravesite and have burst open virtually all the graves, one thing that has precipitated low attendance on Ornament Days of current.

The Palm Groves Cemetery was established within the 1820s. It is greater than twenty years now and virtually each grave is burst open one thing that has precipitated many members of the family who’ve their kinfolk buried on the graveyard to not showcase on Ornament Day.

A tour was taken by FrontPage Africa on the Palm Groves Cemetery on Ornament Day and noticed that the place the place the primary President and his complete household have been laid to relaxation was filthy.

Fatomah Sherrif, a drug addict was on the entrance accumulating cash from individuals who attempt to take a look on the first President of Liberia’s grave.

He instructed FPA that nobody got here from the Monrovia Metropolis Company to wash the place. In contrast to final 12 months, this 12 months, he and his mates volunteered to wash the grass from out and in of the graves’ compound.

“I and my mates cleaned the place to hustle (get cash from folks) for right this moment,” Sherrif mentioned.

He added: “Final 12 months, the federal government folks got here right here and clear the place. However this 12 months, nobody from the federal government got here right here to wash the place. You see the paint on the wall, it is previous paint.”

“The gate that was on the fence, criminals stole it from right here. We wish the federal government to help us to guard the place. I can clear the place in order that when folks come they can provide us small cash,” Sherrif furthers.

Let Authorities Relocate the Cemetery

In contrast to earlier than, 1000’s of Liberians on each Ornament Day trooped their means on the Palm Groves Cemetery to wash their kinfolk’ graves however a tour taken by FPA noticed lower than 20 people, if not on the lookout for their kinfolk’ graves, renovating their family members’ graves as virtually each grave are burst open.

Charlesetta Tugbeh has her mom buried on the graveyard. Tugbeh instructed FPA that she has deliberate to relocate her mom’s grave if the federal government would not present curiosity within the place.

“I used to be introduced right here by two abled physique males as a result of the place is harmful. I should relocate my mom’s grave from right here as a result of the place just isn’t good. Ornament Day is the day to spend time together with your lifeless members of the family however coming right here, the place just isn’t conducive,” she mentioned.

Madam Tugbeh added: “Nowhere to face, nowhere to take a seat, the place is unhealthy. The unhealthy scent, the graves are all open and nowhere to undergo. We’re discovering it tough to even come right here and discover our mom’s grave.”

“It’s going to be onerous for the federal government to recondition the place. They began at first nevertheless it was onerous to proceed. So, my suggestion is to relocate all of the graves from right here and discover someplace appropriate out of town. You probably have your family members right here, you’ll be able to take their stays out and take them to the brand new spot that authorities find and you’ll bury them there. That’s the solely factor that’s proper for the federal government to do.”

“This 12 months, we discovered it onerous to get right here, perhaps subsequent 12 months we’d not even be capable to attain right here. So, if nothing is finished by the federal government, should take away our lifeless mom from this gravesite to someplace higher as a result of right this moment is the day to spend with the lifeless,” she ended.

Palm Groves Cemetery Ought to Not Be Relocated

In contrast to Madam Tugbeh, Andrew Nagbe has his father buried on the cemetery, and with all the deplorable circumstances he desires the federal government clear and defend the place from criminals and to not relocate the gravesite due to its historic nature.