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The Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Monrovia, His Excellency Joel F. Maybury has paid a one-day working visit to the campus of the AME University, and a tour of the Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church in Monrovia, Liberia.

The visit was primarily aimed at strengthening the ongoing relationship with AME University and reconnecting with the AME Church. It can be recalled that the Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church was founded by Rev. William H. Heard during the episcopacy of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner in 1895. At the time, Rev. Heard also served as Minister Resident and Ambassador of the United States accredited to Liberia (1895–1898), before later being elected and consecrated as a Bishop in the AME Church in 1908, and subsequently assigned to the 14th Episcopal District.

After a closed-door meeting, the University President, Rev. Alvin E. Attah, Sr. led the US Diplomat on a tour of the campus. CAD Maybury expressed excitement and delight in seeing that previous investments done at the AME University by the Government and People of the United States of America are still being maintained and used to maximally impact the lives of thousands of African youths, at the AME University in Liberia. “I am so thrilled to see that the American Corner in your library, and the Hatcher-Henning-Norris Human Resouces Center (Hatcher Hall) built with grants from the US government are still being used and kept decently”. CAD Maybury highlighted the need for closer collaboration between the two institutions in areas of common interest. He recognized the effort of William Sampson Brooks (1865–1934), Bishop C. Garnett Henning, Sr., (1936–2018), Bishop David R. Daniels, Jr., and Congressman Jim Clyburn in getting the AME University well positioned in West Africa. Special recognition was made of Rt. Rev. Paul J.M. Kawimbe who now serves as Presiding Prelate of the 14th Episcopal District and oversees the affairs of the AME University and other AME institutions in West Africa.

CAD Maybury also hailed the Pastor and Members of Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church for preserving the legacy of Rev. William H. Heard especially as he shared his time as US Ambassador to Liberia in 1895 and worked for the AME Church: and 128 years thereafter, the Eliza Turner AME Church continues to impact lives in keeping with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20).


In the spirit of reciprocity and to further strengthen ties, the AME University President, Rev. Alvin E. Attah led a team of senior managers from AME University to the offices of the US Embassy-CAD on a return visit. The exchange visits of the Senior Management Team of both institutions signal a renewed partnership in areas of mutual interest.