LIBERIA, THE HISTORY
In 1817, the American Colonization Society (ACS), a group comprised of majority Caucasian and a few blacks was founded, in an effort to repatriate America’s freed slaves to Africa. And so it was, in 1820, the first ship, known as the Mayflower Liberia, formerly known as the Elizabeth, departed New York carrying about 86 freed African-Americans. Many say this gesture was to avoid slave revolts here in the US and minimize the growing number of emancipated blacks demanding rights and competing for jobs. Others argue that this was some of the slave owners way of creating a better life for their mulatto/mixed race children with the ex-slaves. Whatever the reason, it was eminently clear that ACS needed a place where these slaves could dwell and govern their own affairs outside of the US. As the aforementioned ship sailed into the West Coast of Africa in 1822, it settled at Providence Island, a place that would later become known as Liberia, land of the free. Here, the ACS and freed blacks were met by the people indigenous to the West Coast. Some of the tactics of the African-American settlers proved to be devisive in that many of them were more sophisticated and educated as compared to the inhabitants they met there. Additionally, given the fact that many of them came from the Southern United States, where slavery was the way of life, they unfortunately brought with them some of these southern culture and ideas. Though they only comprised about 5% of the population, their education and wealth status made them more dominant in the political arena. Under the protective care of the US, they were able to govern themselves, for the most part. They were later able to gain their independence in 1847, when Joseph Jenkins Roberts became the first president. The rule of the descendants of the freed blacks continued until 1980 when Tolbert was overthrown in a bloody coup te taut. Since that time, Liberia has experienced a 15-year civil war and even an ebola outbreak. Our film, PROVIDENCE, is a love story laced with historical accounts of the happenings in the beginning of Liberia and its cultural rich pan-African heritage. Providence is also dedicated to the founding fathers of this great land, all of our Americo-Liberian/indigenous brothers/sisters, as well as all of the citizens that lost their lives during the civil war and the ebola epidemic. This is our year, LIBERIA WILL RISE AGAIN!
PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION FOUNDATION
In an effort to preserve the rich culture and history of Liberia, we the producers of the film “PROVIDENCE” and Kaifa Dennis of JFK have formed an alliance we call PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION FOUNDATION. The foundation’s general purpose is to further the development, promotion, and preservation of the Republic of Liberia’s remarkable Pan-African Heritage. The foundation is dedicated to engaging in fundraisers and sponsorship ideas that will help in funding projects that will assist in preserving historical sites in Liberia, our land of the free. For more information, please contact:
DR.Kulah : (4)200-7789, Kulahc@hotmail.com
Kafia Dennis :(231)880-322-444, firstname.lastname@example.org