• Short Summary

    Sierra Leone, West Africa, became an independent state at midnight on April 26th, after 153 years as a British colony.

  • Description

    Sierra Leone, West Africa, became an independent state at midnight on April 26th, after 153 years as a British colony.

    The Duke of Kent - representing Queen Elizabeth at the independence ceremonies - together with the Governor, Sir Maurice Dorman, and the Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, were among those who watched the symbolic lowering of the British flag. On the stroke of midnight, floodlights were extinguished, and when they came on again, the green, white and blue flag of Sierra Leone had replaced the Union Jack.

    Next day, Parliament opened for its first session as an independent legislature. The Duke of Kent handed the Prime Minister royal documents recognizing the country's independence, and read the Speech from the Throne, which announced universal adult suffrage at next year's elections, with women voting for the first time. He also read out a personal message from the Queen welcoming Sierra Leone into the British Commonwealth.

    Sierra Leone has a population of just over 2 1/4 million. Many of its inhabitants are descendants of freed slaves repatriated from the Western hemisphere.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87YT07W27ZWDGGAE1QCZ81I77
    Media URN:
    VLVA87YT07W27ZWDGGAE1QCZ81I77
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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