Liberia’s oldest settlement and chartered city, Careysburg, is in desperate need of a town hall for assembling, Commissioner Anna Philips disclosed.
Commissioner Philips told Vice President Joseph Boakai that aside from its football field; the city has no place for citizens to gather.
The Commissioner said the citizens only assemble on the football field during the dry season for discussions and other activities, as they find it nearly impossible to do in the rainy season.
The Commissioner made the revelation on Saturday during the groundbreaking of the George M. Weah Training Center in Careysburg under the initiative of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) from an initial contribution of US$500,000 from FIFA.
Commissioner Anna stressed that a town hall would not only help the City for meeting but also for revenue generation like other Town Halls in Montserrado County for the upkeep of the City.
“Sorry for begging from the beginning, but Vice President Boakai, we are in need of a town hall as we have no place for the citizens to gather for any kind of function. When it is raining we can’t assemble on the football field, which is the only place we have to do so,” Madam Philips explained.
The Careysburg Commissioner also appealed to the Liberian government through the Vice President to establish an economic zone in the City, whereby citizens could have access to a better life.
Vice President Boakia, in response, said the Commissioner’s request had been noted and described Careysburg as “the City blessed by God.”
Careysburg was founded in 1856, and named in honor of Rev. Lott Carey, the first American Baptist missionary to Africa and a key figure in the founding of the Colony of Liberia.
Careysburg was chartered as a city corporation in 1923, by an act of the Liberian legislature. The Liberian legislature, per Section 12 of said Act declared: “That the settlement to be founded in Queh Country shall be named Careysburg, in honor of the late Rev. Lott Carey, and that all other settlements shall be named according to the pleasure of the Legislature".
“The site that became Careysburg was selected for its abundance of fresh water, potential for agriculture, cool temperature, absence of deadly mosquitoes, and scenic view.”
Freed men and women, mainly from the United States and the Barbados, settled in Careysburg in 1859. However, some Africans recaptured from ships at sea destined for sale as slaves in Europe and America also settled in Careysburg.