The memorialization of the late Gabriel Wilson, who blew the executive horn for at least four Liberian presidents, will take place Saturday, March 23, at the National Museum of Liberia beginning with the dedication of the broken executive horn, the traditional attire he wore while hooting the horn at official functions, as well as a portrait of him hooting the horn.
Mr. Wilson met his demise on his way to Monrovia from Gbarnga, Bong County, in an accident that involved the Executive Mansion Press vehicle (on which he was a passenger) and a civilian vehicle that was going in the opposite direction. The Executive Mansion Press vehicle was part of the motorcade of the President of George Weah on that fateful Sunday, February 10, 2019.
The horn, which Wilson played for several decades, was damaged in the accident.
Other relics to be dedicated in the commemorative event at the Museum include the copy of the 2012 edition of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs’ Executive Horn monthly magazine, the utensils he ate from, and the eulogy of his frame.
Media Hub Liberia CEO, Weah Karpeh, in a press statement said: “The objective of this ceremony is to venerate Gabriel Wilson for his invaluable contribution to the promotion of Liberia’s art, culture and politics by tooting the horn for several Liberian presidents including President George Manneh Weah.”
According to Mr. Karpeh, the art of tooting the communication tool, Gabriel brought from his home-village of Cavalla in Maryland County into Monrovia and right up to the Liberia Presidency.
“There, it mesmerized diplomats and foreign guests that graced our State functions. Even former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton so admired the late Gabriel blowing the horn that she took a picture with him at a state occasion she attended during one of her visits to Liberia, during the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It is at this highest level Gabriel brought the little known art – an effort that should be recognized and furthered in spite of the tooter’s demise,” he added.
The memorialization of Wilson tomorrow is expected to be graced by an array of guests including government officials and diplomats and the official dedication is expected to be performed by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill.