Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Liberia was established in 1822 on the African coast by the American Colonization Society, whose goal was to take freed slaves from the United States and colonize Africa; and
Whereas Liberia declared its independence in 1847; and
Whereas Liberians have contributed significantly to the Commonwealth and nation, including Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the first black psychiatrist. Born in Liberia, Dr. Fuller lived and worked in Westborough for more than forty years and was a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease research; and
Whereas Liberian Americans continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity by contributing significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, public service and technology; and
Whereas It is appropriate that all Massachusetts citizens recognize Liberian Americans for their many contributions to cities and towns across the Commonwealth,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2013, to be
LIBERIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-sixth day of June, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth