According to an Executive Mansion release, President made the statement on Monday, March 21st, 2016, when she officially launched the Liberian Historical Website at the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA), at the entity’s headquarters on 12th Street, Sinkor.
President Sirleaf said she was pleased to have played a small role at initial collections of the website’s historical artifacts. However, after viewing video footages of some past historical leaders, including Madam Neh Suakoko, a former female Paramount Chief of Suakoko District, Bong County in Central Liberia, the Liberian leader said the website needs to be improved to enhance the learning ability of young Liberian students.
The Liberian chief executive said despite the raw and invasive nature of the video footage, she was impressed by the determination of those behind the building of the website to ensure it became a reality, especially through the collection of more historical facts about Liberia and its forefathers for the benefit of young people today.
She however commended the collaboration between the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA) and the universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana, as well all those who supported the effort financially and materially in order to be able to complete the work.
“By that, it will make all Liberians to know about their true history and the roles their forefathers played in the past in bringing all of their children up to this point,” President Sirleaf observed.
She noted the documentation of historical artifacts through sound research for the website, backed by the collection of historical photos, interviews with traditional chiefs, elders and zoes orally recounting their past experiences, was very essential to the entire process.
Speaking earlier, Madam P. Bloh Sayeh, Director General of Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA) said the launching ceremony was one of the important moments in the existence of the Center.
She commended all those who helped in setting up the website, including Mr. Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian, who along with a team of researchers from the U.S. set up the website under the title - “A Liberian Journey: History, Memory & Making of a Nation”.
Also speaking at the launch was River Gee Senator, Conmany B. Wesseh who told the audience that history can help to enlighten the minds of people who do not know where they are coming from and where they are headed. He pledged the support of the Liberian Senate to the process of maintaining the website.
Presenting the overview of the project Dr. Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin – Madison said he was grateful to all of the partners in setting up the website including the University of Wisconsin, the Liberian Advisory Group, and the George Mason University for New Media, as well as Dr. Verton Slone, Stella, authorities of the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA), the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Liberia National Police for their cooperation, kindness, enthusiasm and commitment in making their dream a reality.
Several government officials, academicians, ordinary Liberians amongst others attended the program.