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Remembering Liberia’s first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts

President Roberts, Liberia’s first president left a legacy. His J. J. Roberts educational foundation, which he dedicated to Liberian students and children has been much praised. March 15 is celebrated every year in his honor. President Joseph Jenkins Roberts [March 15, 1809 – February 24, 1876] JOSEPH JENKINS ROBERTS and two of his brothers, HENRY and JOHN, were the dominant men in politics, medicine, and Methodism as the colony of Liberia became a republic and made policy decisions that would reverberate through generations. Henry Roberts, initially a trader, returned to…

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