Welcoming the Mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia to the City of Baltimore
Contributed by Mr. Wesley Chenoweth, General Secretary of the Maryland Liberia Sister States Program
The mayor of Gbarnga City, Liberia, Viola Cooper, and a delegation of dignitaries traveled to their sister city, Baltimore, MD last month. The sister cities partnership between Gbarnga City and Baltimore dates back to 1973, making it Baltimore’s oldest sister cities relationship.
The delegation met with Baltimore’s mayor, Catherine Pugh, and discussed Liberia’s rich and progressive history of female elected officials. Liberia is home to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president. Mayor Viola Cooper and her delegation later met with John Wobensmith, secretary of state of Maryland.
The event, hosted by the Maryland Sister States Program, showcased the positive relationship between Gbarnga City and Baltimore and reinforced the 40+ year partnership between the two cities. This meeting would not have been possible without the help of the incredibly active volunteers from the Maryland Sister States Program.