A renowned Liberian historian, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannue has revealed what he called hidden historical errors in the Liberia history. Dr. Guanue spoke on Thursday at the Information Ministry during a press briefing.
Dr. Guannue who has written some of Liberia’s latest history books describes as misleading the belief that Matila Newport and Mrs. Russworm were amongst the women who made the Flag of Liberia.
The erudite Cuttington University Professor revealed that the two ladies did not participate along with other women to design and make Liberian flag. Dr. Guannue, said prior to the preparation of the flag in 1847, Madam Newport already died.
According to him, Madam Newport died in 1837, while Madam Russworm was still a citizen of Maryland in Africa and therefore was not a resident of Liberia then. He revealed that those who wrote the Liberian history at the time were in great error and did not present the real facts regarding the events that happened in the country then.
Dr. Guannue also revealed what he discovered as another great error in the history of the country as the so-called slogan the “Love of Liberty Brought Us Here”. According to him, the statement only represents a particular group of people in Liberia and therefore needed to be replaced with wordings that will be a true representation of all the people of the country.
The Peace and Conflict Resolution Director of the CUC also calls for a change in the wordings of the “pledge of allegiance” of Liberia which he noted was a direct photocopy of the pledge of allegiance of the United States America, with just the words “United States of America being replaced with the word Liberia.
The Liberian historian use the forum to call for the preservation of several historical sites in the country, including the point through which the Grebos crossed from the Ivory coast to enter Maryland County, the Providence Island, the grave sites of all of Liberia’s presidents among others.