Tens of thousands of Liberians were joined by representative from countries all over the world, at the funeral of the late President William Tubman, in Monrovia on Thursday (29 July).
TV PAN and TV guests arriving and crowds line streets
SV Selassie arriving
STV Gowon salutes on arrival and TILT UP TO CU Liberian crest on memorial pavilion (2 shots)
SCU Tubman's name on monument
STV PAN Tubman's widow arrives
MV Flag at half mast
SV Wailing woman
MV & STV Guests out of pavilion after service followed by coffin (4 shots)
STV PAN relatives in procession
SV Honour guard
SCU Amin, Tombalbaye, Gowon
SCU Boigny and Ould Daddah and PAN TO Selassie
SV Soldiers salute
GV & SV PAN coffin caisson at head of procession (2 shots)
GV Left to right Moktah Ould Daddah, Boigny, Selassie leading mourners
MV Coffin removed from caisson
GV Dignitaries look on
MV left to right Boigny, Selassie, Tolbert standing behind coffin
SCU Devil dancers passing
GV Crowds on buildings
SV Priest and Bishop
SCU Tubman's military cap, and sword on coffin
CU Bishop Nagbeh reading over coffin (2 shots)
MV Boigny paying last respects
SCU Coffin being pushed into tomb
SV Gowon salutes
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Background: Tens of thousands of Liberians were joined by representative from countries all over the world, at the funeral of the late President William Tubman, in Monrovia on Thursday (29 July).
Following the one-hour funeral service, the body of President Tubman was buried in Independence Square, near the Centennial Memorial Pavilion. He is the first of Liberia's 16 presidents to be buried there.
On the night before the funeral, more than 50,000 people joined President William Tolbert and the bereaved family in wake-keeping. President Tubman died in London on Friday (23 July) from complications following a prostate operation.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Liberians gathered in the streets of Monrovia on Thursday, to mourn the death of the late President William Tubman. Eight heads of African states, on prime minister, and special representatives from countries all over the world arrived for the funeral of the Liberian head of state.
The widow, Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, was accompanied to the funeral service by government officials, as other women shared her grief.
Following the funeral service in the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, the coffin was carried out and placed on a caisson. President Tubman died in London last week. More than seventy-thousand people had filed past the body of the late President, as it lay in stat in the Memorial Pavilion. Relative in the Thursday's funeral process were joined by the heads of state of the Ivory Coast, Chad, Mauritania, Gambia, Nigeria, Nigeria Uganda, and Ethiopia.
The procession, following the one hour funeral service, slowly made its way through Independence Square, for the burial. President Tubman is the first of Liberia's sixteen presidents to be buried there. Foreign dignitaries joined the new president, William Tolbert in paying last respects to President Tubman. All during the mournful ceremony, the Grebbo and other tribes danced in the street in memory of Dr. Tubman.
Religious leaders took part in the burial, with Bishop Nagbeh delivering the eulogy. He called Dr. Tubman a soldier, a humanitarian and an ecumenist. A few took a last look at the casket, before it was pushed into the tomb, receiving a final salute.