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“glad this building survived”

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Owner description: The hall was built in 1947, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the country's independence, and is situated on the inauguration spot for Liberia's presidents.
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“glad this building survived”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

The staff have done a lot of hard work to keep the hall in top shape. It feels and smells a little like a church, but Liberia is a place of deep faith, so it really fits. There is a eye-grabbing mural of the declaration of independence here, and any national event here keeps the country's history connected.

Visited October 2012
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“Center of Liberian History”
Reviewed 16 November 2011

Monrovia, Liberia's Centennial Pavilion is a centerpiece for modern Liberian History. For decades, all formal government functions were conducted there, ranging from Presidential inaugurations to state funerals to elite weddings. President William V.S. Tubman, Liberia's head of state for 27 years, was buried there. It was the key facility and location for the most important events of the country. Then, it was damaged and ignored during the war years. It is now being refurbished. To get a sense of a place that connects modern, reconstruction Liberia to to an age where this small nation's leadership once mixed in top hats, long tail tuxes and white gloves, visit this facility.

It is particularly special to me because my parents, American expatriates living in Liberia at the time, were married there in 1960. Mrs. Tubman, the President's wife, provided all the flowers and plants. The event was attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, missionaries, business people and Liberians of many tribes and stations in life.

{Disclaimer: The options for this review provide limited choices for time of visit. It has been years since I have been to this location. However, I undrstand that it has been largely restored.}

Visited December 2010
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