Sierra Leone Government (Freetown)

9 May 2013

Sierra Leone: 'Bai Bureh Was One of Our Greatest Heroes'

His Excellency, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that Bai Bureh was one of Sierra Leone's greatest heroes.

He made this statement on the occasion of the presentation of the real picture of the former freedom fighter by Gary Schulze, also known as Pieh Gbabiyor Caulker 1, honorary Paramount Chief of Kagboro Chiefdom, Moyamba District.

President Koroma noted that the presentation of the real portrait of Bai Bureh will help to re-create the image of Bai Bureh and also help to shed some light on some of his activities that are missing in our history books.

The Chief Executive further noted that the establishment of the Peace Corps was a step in the right direction by former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, who, he said, demonstrated the right vision as the organization has gone beyond bilateral ties to the facilitation of people to people contact in the country.

"When I visited the White House recently on the invitation of President Barack Obama, one of the institutions I visited was the Headquarters of the peace Corps", he said, and profusely thanked Gary Schulze for his role back in the 60s as a Peace Corp and teacher as well as for his role in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Museum.

According to Isatu Smith, deputy Coordinator of the Bunce Island Coalition Project, the picture of Bai Bureh was bought by Gary Schulze on the popular online shopping site, ebay, and later contacted Professor Opala of the Bunce Island project who advised to inform the Minister of Tourism about the find. She also noted that Mr. Schulze has a huge private collection of Sierra Leonean artifacts in his apartment in New York.

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