In 1905 British imperialist and businessman Sir Harry Johnston visited Liberia, and in his 1906 report, he imputed that the Lone Star flag and its colors “has no reference whatever to the characteristics of the Liberian Republic”. He recommended the adoption of the flag below.
The black would represent the dominant negro race in the country. The yellow would represent the African races which mingled anciently with the Caucasian – Mandingoes, and Fulas. The one white stripe would be the recognition that Liberia holds her existence to the impulse of White Americans. The Green field would represent the forest land of Africa of which Liberia has the richest forest, and the white star would represent the black man’s growing civilization in Africa.
Instead of the spearhead of the flag, he suggested a white cross with an olive branch indicative of Christianity and Peace since the small republic proclaimed Christianity and does not extend into the interior occupied by African Traditional Religions and Mohammedans (Muslims).
More than 100 years after Johnston there are still proposals for the review of our flag and its symbolism.