Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Louise W. McMillan
MICAT Official Urges Liberians To Practice Their Culture
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, July 20 (LINA) - The Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information has challenged Liberians to practice their culture which is “a rich heritage” on the African Continent.
Assistant Minister Louise W. McMillan explained that Liberia has a beautiful and rich culture that needs to be preserved by every Liberian through exhibiting their traditions and culture on a daily basis.
Minister McMillian made the statement Saturday at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of photos and the screening of a documentary on Liberia in 1932 by Paul Julien held at the National Museum of Liberia on Broad Street in Monrovia.
She said the photos and 45-minute documentary about Liberia in 1932 reflects the cultural pattern of Liberians concerning their dress code and comportment in society.
According to Assistant Minister McMillan, culture sustains peace, noting that it is therefore crucial for Liberians to always go back to their culture.
She added that in the past, elders used to hold dialogues in villages and towns across the country which promoted sustainable peace among the people.
Minister McMillian observed that several Liberians have been caught up between modernization and culture, but added that the culture of the people should always be maintained because it is their heritage and it is unique.
Meanwhile, the organizer of the photo and documentary exhibition, Andrea Stultiens, who is based in Holland, said through her research in Holland, the photos and documentary were discovered.
Madam Stultiens said the photos and documentary were taken in 1932 by Paul Julien, who traveled through Liberia at that time, noting that this is the first time the photos and documentary are coming back to Liberia.
She pointed out that it is important for Liberians to understand their history through these photos and documentary which are a historical account of Liberia in the 1932.