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National Anthem (audio)

All Hail, Liberia, Hail!” is the national anthem of Liberia, lyrics written by President Daniel Bashiel Warner (1815-1880, 3rd president of Liberia) in English, and music by Olmstead Luca (1826-1869). It became the official national anthem in 1847.

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Above the Liberian emblem, a picture with a motto, are the written words, The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here, meaning, the settlers founded Liberia to enjoy freedom from slavery. Below the emblem are the words, The Republic of Liberia. The body shows a ship, rising sun, palm tree, plow (wheelbarrow & shovel), and a dove with a scroll in its mouth. The ship signifies the return of the descendants of Africans who had been sold into slavery centuries ago. The palm tree represents the natural resources of Liberia; the plow points out how the natural resources would be removed. The dove stands for peace and the scroll is a sign of communication between Liberia and the world.

All Hail, Liberia, Hail!

All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!)
All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!)
This glorious land of liberty,
Shall long be ours.
Though new her name,
Great be her fame,
And mighty be her powers,
And mighty be her powers.
In joy and gladness,
With our hearts united,
We’ll shout the freedom,
Of a race benighted.
Long live Liberia, happy land!
A home of glorious liberty,
By God’s command!
A home of glorious liberty,
By God’s command!

All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!)
All hail, Liberia, hail! (All hail!)
In union strong success is sure.
We cannot fail!
With God above,
Our rights to prove,
We will o’er all prevail,
We will o’er all prevail!
With heart and hand our country’s cause defending,
We’ll meet the foe with valour unpretending.
Long live Liberia, happy land!
A home of glorious liberty,
By God’s command!
A home of glorious liberty,
By God’s command!

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Painting of the seven women commissioned to design the Liberian Flag.

Susannah Lewis, Sarah Draper, Mary L. Hunter, Rachel Johnson, Matilda Newport, Mrs. J. B. Russwurm, and Collinette Teage Ellis.

Declaration of Independence

One of the things that make Liberia special is, Liberia was the first self-governing country in Africa. The Declaration of Independence, a document officially establishing Liberia as a free and independent nation, was adopted on July 26, 1847. Eleven men signed this document. Every year, July 26 is celebrated as Twenty-six or Independence Day.

  1. Samuel Benedict
  2. Hilary Teague
  3. Elijah Johnson
  4. John N. Lewis
  5. Beverly R. Wilson
  6. J. B. Gripon
  7. John Day
  8. Amos Herring
  9. Anthony W. Gardner
  10. Ephrain Titler
  11. Richard E. Murray
LoneStar

The Liberian flag is called, Lone Star. It bears a close resemblance to the flag of the United States because of the former Americans who helped to establish Liberia. The eleven stripes represent the signatories or the men who signed the Liberian Declaration of Independence. The red stands for courage, the white stands for moral excellence, the white star represents the then only independent African country, the blue stands for bravery and the square represent the continent of Africa.

Holidays in Liberia

These holidays are days set aside by law, or custom, which close business, usually in honor of a person or an event. Good Friday and Easter Monday are moveable religious holidays. Ramadan is not a public holiday in Liberia, but it is an important Islamic religious time during the ninth month of the Muslim year. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sundown.

Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
Feb. 15 Armed Forces Day
Mar. 11 National Decoration Day
Mar. 15 J.J. Roberts’ Birthday
Apr. 10 National Fast and Prayer Day
Apr. 12 National Redemption Day
May 14 National Unification Day
May 25 Africa Day
Jul. 26 Independence Day
Aug. 24 Flag Day
Nov. First Thurs Thanksgiving Day
Nov. 29 Tubman’s Birthday
Dec. 25 Christmas Day

The Lone Star Forever

By Edwin James Barclay

When freedom raised her glowing form
On Montserrado’s verdant height,
She set within the doom of night,
‘Mist low ring skies and thunderstorm
The star of liberty
And seizing from the waking morn,
Its burnished shield of golden flame
She lifted in her proud name
And roused a people long forlorn
To noble destiny

Then speeding in her course
Along the broad Atlantic’s golden strand
She woke reverberant thro’ the land
A nation loud triumphant song
The song of liberty
And o’er Liberia’s altar fires
She wide the Lone Star flag unfurled
Proclaimed to an expectant world
The birth for Africa sons and sires
The birth of liberty!

Then forward! Sons of freedom march!
Defend the sacred heritage!
The nations call from age to age
Wherever it sounds ‘neath heavens arch
Wherever foes assail
Be ever ready to obey
‘Gainst treads on and rebellions front
‘Gainst foul aggression in the brunt
Of battle lay the hero’s way
All hail! Lone Star, all hail!

Chorus
The Lone Star forever!
The Lone Star forever!
O long may it float over land and over sea
Desert it, no never!
Uphold it, forever!
O shout for the Lone Star banner,
All hail!

American Colonization Society

The ACS was officially established on December 21, 1816 in Washington at the Davis Hotel to send free blacks to Africa as an alternative to emancipation in the United States. Liberia became an independent nation on the West African coast as the result of the society establishment. This elite group included America’s presidents, slaveholders, Quakers, and evangelicals, who found common ground in support of repatriation.

ACS Members

Robert Finley
Henry Clay
Richard Bland Lee
John Randolph
Andrew Jackson
Bushrod Washington
Charles Fenton Mercer
Daniel Webster
Frances Scott Key
James Monroe
Robert Goodlor Harper
John Caldwell

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