City was founded in: 1822
Became a Dayton Sister City in: 1972
Monrovia is named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe, a supporter of the colonization of Liberia. It was founded in 1822, thirty years after Freetown, Sierra Leone the first colony of Black American settlement in Africa. The city’s economy is based on its harbor, the Freeport of Monrovia, with the main exports of latex and iron ore. Monrovia is the financial centre of Liberia. The city was severely damaged in the Liberian Civil War with many buildings damaged and nearly all the infrastructure destroyed. Since the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2003, the first African nation with a female president, the rebuilding of Monrovia has been supported by China, United Nations, United State of America and the Eurpoean Union.
Things to See: Liberian National Museum, the Masonic Temple, the Waterside Market and several beaches.
Universities: Monrovia is the home to the University of Liberia, African Methodist Episcopal University, Stella Maris Polytechnic and many other private colleges.
Top Industries/ Business: Iron ore, timber and rubber.
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