• Short Summary

    MONROVIA - CAPITAL OF LIBERIA - WAS THE SCENE OF AFRICA'S WEDDING OF THE YEAR LAST SATURDAY (AUGUST 5).

  • Description

    MONROVIA - CAPITAL OF LIBERIA - WAS THE SCENE OF AFRICA'S WEDDING OF THE YEAR LAST SATURDAY (AUGUST 5).

    THE CITY WAS IN CARNIVAL MOOD AS WILHELMINA TUBMAN - DAUGHTER OF PRESIDENT TUBMAN - WAS WED TO 33-YEAR-OLD CIVIL ENGINEER, GABRIEL TUCKER.

    THE LOCAL PRESS CALLED IT THE "WEDDING OF THE CENTURY". THE GUESTS CAME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND INCLUDED MEMBERS OF THE CABINET, LEGISLATURE, DIPLOMATIC CROPS AND THE ARMED FORCES. REPRESENTATIVES ALSO CAME FROM THE IVORY COAST, GHANA NIGERIA AND SIERRA-LOENE.

    THOUSANDS OF OTHER VISITORS, INCLUDING VILLAGE DELEGATIONS, WATCHED TRIBAL DANCERS PERFORM TRADITIONAL WEDDING RITUALS THROUGHOUT THE GAILY DECORATED CITY.

    MISS TUBMAN, WHO IS 20, WAS EDUCATED IN MONROVIA AND SWITZERLAND MR. TUCKER, WAS EDUCATED IN LIBERIA AND THE UNITED STATES. HE IS NOW LIBERIA'S UNDERSECRETARY OF PUBLIC WORKS. HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA IN THE 1870S.

    THE WEDDING WAS HELD AT MONROVIA'S MAIN METHODIST CHURCH. MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE GATHERED OUTSIDE TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM BEFORE THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY. PEOPLE CLAPPED, CHEERED AND WAVED AS THE BRIDE AND HER FATHER ARRIVED IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ROLLS ROYCE.

    AFTER THE WEDDING CEREMONY, THE COUPLE CUT THE SIX FOOT WEDDING CAKE.

    THEY LATER LEFT FOR PRESIDENT TUBMAN'S ESTATE AT TOYOTA - 80 MILES FROM MONROVIA - FOR THEIR HONEYMOON.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA90ORGFVR9N2E4KUITM20965PQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA90ORGFVR9N2E4KUITM20965PQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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