July 26, 2017 marks the 170th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Liberia.
On July 16, 1847, the Commonwealth of Liberia, a colony founded and controlled by the private American Colonization Society declared indepenence.
“Liberia was founded, colonized, established and controlled by freed American slaves and ex-Caribbean slaves as settlers from the United States and the Caribbean islands with the help and support from the American Colonization Society, a private organization establishment.” (Wikipedia)
Liberia was never colonized or controlled by European powers making Liberia Africa’s oldest republic nation on the African continent.
Liberia’s constitution, system of government and education, flag and official language (English) were modeled after the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. flag.
Since 2006, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the current President of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa.