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Our History

In 1816, a group made up mostly of Quakers and slaveholders in Washington, D.C., formed the American Colonization Society (ACS). The Quakers opposed slavery, and the slaveholders opposed the freedom of Blacks, but they agreed on one thing: that Black Americans should be repatriated to Africa. The Quakers felt that freeborn Blacks and former slaves would face better chances for freedom in Africa than in the United States. They also saw repatriation as a way of spreading Christianity through Africa.

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LICI Goals & Objectives

Liberians in Columbus, Inc. (LICI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The objectives and purposes of the organization are as follows:
LICI is a cultural, educational, and humanitarian organization and shall seek to achieve the following :

In the year since I wrote my last annual letter, I’ve made some important changes at the foundation—changes that will help all of us maximize the impact of our work together.

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Our Ties To Ohio

Liberia has had long-standing relations with the State of Ohio. Ohio has benefited from relationships with Liberia, including the industrial connections with Firestone in Akron and Republic Steel in Cleveland. Since 1926 the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, which was headquartered in Akron, has had the largest rubber plantation in the world in Liberia which is still in operation.