Montserrado

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County Flag

Montserrado County colors are red, blue and green. The blue color of the flag represents Montserrado as the first County at the time of independence. The red color represents the tribal wars that were fought between the settlers and the indigenous. The circle in the center represents the richness of the soil (agriculture).

County Vision

Our vision is to create an economically vibrant county that harnesses the special advantages offered by its diverse urban, peri-urban and rural human and natural resources to ensure equal opportunities for economic and social development for all citizens.

With this vision in our minds, we focus on the three priority areas of roads, education and health, while attending to the nation’s wider objectives in the Poverty Reduction Strategy. In this way we move the County forward for the betterment of all its citizens and for the development of Liberia as a whole.

Source: Montserrado County Development Agenda 2008-2012

County History

Montserrado County is one of the first three counties to sign the Declaration of Independence in Liberia on 26 July, 1847, and is thus almost as old as the Republic itself. Hosting the capital, Monrovia, it is the most populous County with all ethnic groups and dialects in the country represented.

First of the three original countries to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 26, 1847, most of Montserrado County townships and cities are named after these early settlers or the states or plantations they came from, including Brewerville, Royesville, Careysburg, Harrisburg, Virginia, Caldwell, and Garnersville.

Institutional Structure of the County:

Cities

  • Bentol
  • Arthington
  • Clay-Ashland
  • Brewerville
  • Paynesville
  • Careysburg

Borough

  • New Kru Town

Townships

  • Barnersville
  • Caldwell
  • Cheesmanburg
  • Old Congo Town
  • Dixville
  • Gardnersville
  • Johnsonville
  • Louisiana
  • Millsburg
  • Mount Coffee
  • New Georgia
  • Royesville
  • Tolbert-Ta
  • Tubmanville
  • Virginia
  • West Point
  • Kingsville
  • Crozierville
  • White Plains
  • Harrisburg
  • Garworlohn

Chiefdoms

  • Todee
  • Dein Gola

Clans

  • Nyehn
  • Pleemu
  • Fahnseh
  • Kpo
  • Mein
  • Makoi
  • Dein

Monrovia - Founded on April 25, 1822

The Capital City of Liberia, Monrovia, is named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization of Liberia and the American Colonization Society. The city is located in Montserrado County; Bensonville is actually the capital of Montserrado County.

In 1845, Monrovia was the site of the constitutional convention held by the American Colonization Society which drafted the constitution that would two years later be the constitution of an independent and sovereign Republic of Liberia.

Monrovia lies along the Cape Mesurado peninsula, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mesurado River, whose mouth forms a large natural harbor. The Saint Paul River lies directly north of the city and forms the northern boundary of Bushrod Island, which is reached by crossing the “New Bridge” from downtown Monrovia.

Monrovia is Liberia’s largest city and its administrative, commercial and financial center.

In 1979, the Organisation of African Unity held their conference in the Monrovia area, with then president William R. Tolbert as chairman.

Monrovia is governed as a metropolitan city called Greater Monrovia District.

Monrovia City Corporation runs many services inside the city.

Natural Resources

Diamonds, gold, timber and water (fisheries)

Neighborhoods & suburbs of Monrovia

Bakoi
Banjoa
Barnersville
Barekling
Bassa Community
Bushrod Island
Buzzi Quarters
Caldwell
Cassava Hill
Chocolate City
Chugbor
Clara Town
Congo Town
Crown Hill
Dandawailo
Dixville
Doin Town
Dwahn Town
Duala
Fanti Town
Fiamah
Gardnersville
Gaye Town
Jatuja
Jacob Town
Jallah Town
Jorkpentown
Kaba Town
Lakpazee
Logan Town
Louisiana
Mamba Point
Matadi
New Georgia
New Kru Town
Old Road
Paynesville
Point Four
Plumkor
Red Light
Sinkor
Slipway
Snapper Hill
South Beach
Stockton Creek Bridge
Toe Town
Tomo
Topoe Village
Vai Town
Virginia
West Point

Source: Montserrado County Development Agenda (2008-2012) Republic of Liberia

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