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Brilliance and Gaiety Mark Liberian Embassy Independence Fete

[[image - black & white photograph of a group of people attending the Liberian Embassy celebration of the Republic's 105th anniversary]]

[[image - black & white photograph of Brig. Gen. and Mrs. B. O. Davis are received by Ambassador Clarence L. Simpson and Mrs. Julia Duncan]]

LIBERIAN EMBASSY FETE-Brig. Gen. and Mrs. B. O. Davis, at left, are received by Ambassador Clarence L. Simpson and Mrs. Julia Duncan during the Liberian Embassy celebration of the Republic's 105th anniversary. Chatting under the canopied tent in the left picture are, left to right Mrs. Famie Stewart, Commander John C. Eason, and Mrs. Eason, Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Hinton, Lieut. Eddie Devon, Navy nurse, Mrs. Marion Seymour; Mrs. Etta Wright, Undersecretary of War of Liberia, and Mrs. Berthe Lomack. -Cabell Photo.

800 Join Ambassador In Festive Occasion

A diplomatic shindig of brilliance and gaiety enlivened the capital's doldrumstrick summer season here Saturday as His Excellency Clarence L. Simpson, Ambassador to Liberia, entertained in celebration of the 105th anniversary of the Republic's independence.

Uniquely, this year's Independence Day event was double-barreled a two-in-one evening, which found one set of guests arriving at 6 P. M. and a second set, composed largely of Liberian students, arriving at 9 P.M. to total throughout the evening approximately 800.


Guests were received in the spacious Liberian Embassy parlor by Ambassador Simpson. Assisting him as hostess in the absence of Mrs. Simpson, who has been detained in Liberia because of illness, was Mrs. Julia Duncan, wife of Liberia's Secretary of Public Works and Utilities. Also in the receiving line was Maj. Gen. Alexander Harper.

The Ambassador of Ethiopia and Madame Iman [[?]] were among a large contingent of diplomats attending the event, while professionals, businessmen, Government officials and others filled out the crowds. Scores of persons came from different cities for the Independence fare, among them Dr. Marshall Shepard, recorder of deeds, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Griffith Davis of East Orange, N.J.; Dr. William H. Jenkins, Englewood, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. John Lane, Roanoke, Va.; Mike Davis Washington, N.Y., administrative assistant at the American Embassy in Liberia; Albert Witcher, Roanoke, Va., former vice consul, American Embassy in Liberia, and Miss Regina E. Wright, Baltimore, Md. 

Just in from Hawaii was the Navy's first Negro nurse, Lieut. Edith Devon, who sat at a table with Mrs. Marion Seymour. Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Hinton and Mrs. Bertha Lomack.

Entertaining guests were other Liberian officials, including Mrs. Etta Wright, Assistant Secretary of War; Mrs. Sarah Simpson-George, wife of the Hon. S. D. George, member, House of Representatives; Mrs. Eugenia Simpson Cooper, wife of the superintendent of communications; Capt. A. V. Sirleaf of the Liberian Frontier Force; Joseph S. O. Coleman, first secretary of the Embassy and Liberian Consul Reid Wiles, second secretary and Vice Consul; D. Colston Nelson, acting social secretary; Wilmer A. David and Mrs. David, [[?]] Counselor of the Embassy; Mrs. [[?]] Stewart of the staff, and David Meserve Thomas, cultural attache.

Also there were Cmdr. and Mrs. John E. Eason, Miss Portia Bollock [[?]], Miss Marjorie Green, New York; [[?]] Court Judge and Mrs. Armand W. Scott, Col. and Mrs. West, A. Hamilton, Miss Julia Ward Hamilton, Mrs. Allen Bell, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jones, Miss Isaac N Cupid, [[?]], Prof. and Mrs. W. Leo Hansberry, Mrs. Blanche curry, Father Birch, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Brown, Assistant Corporation Counsel and Mrs. [[?]] Pair, Dr. and Mrs. James Pair, Baltimore, Md.; Dr. Willard Allen, Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Madeline Davis, East Orange, N.J.; Mrs. Carrie Fields, Mount Clair, N.J.; Byron H. Larahoe, vice president of the Firestone Plantations Company, which is developing Liberia's natural rubber; Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferbee, Mrs. Ruth Casina [[?]] Mueller, and Gen. and Mrs. B. O. Davis. 
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