The Independent (Freetown)

11 January 2005

Sierra Leone: American Ambassador Visits Interior of S/Leone Where He First Met Wife

In the pre-war days, the coastal West African state of Sierra Leone was the choice of many American citizens who wanted to be Peace Corps volunteers and the current US ambassador to Sierra Leone and his wife were among them.

The US ambassador Mr. Thomas N. Hull was teaching at the Catholic School at Gbinti, north of the country, while his wife now known as Mrs. Hull was teaching just down the road at Port Loko Teachers College. Emotions shorten the distance between the two and they ended becoming husband and wife. They are still together for better or for worse till death do they part.

The two recently visited Port Loko after many years and received a rousing welcome, according to the US Embassy in Freetown

During the visit, ambassador Hull is reported to have said, "Returning the Peace Corps to Sierra Leone is one of my top priorities, and something I hope to achieve during my tenure here".

He was reported to have met with district councilors, traditional authorities and civil society representatives.

The US Embassy said government ministers that included Dr. Alpha Wurie minister of education, Alex Kargbo resident minister north accompanied the ambassador on a tour of the town where Mr. And Mrs Hull taught for thirty-five years. The US Embassy said the ambassador donated books to Christian and Muslim schools at Gbinti.

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