This wooden and paper fan commemorates the reelection of Liberia’s 19th President, William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman (1895-1971), who ruled the country from 1944 to his death.
Esmeralda Kale - George & Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Liberian Election Fan: Literature
William V.S. Tubman was the 19th and longest-serving president of the Republic of Liberia. He was a member of True Whig Party (TWP), which maintained exclusive control of Liberian politics from 1878 to 1980. During his tenure, Tubman oversaw the “Golden Age” of Liberian prosperity, marked by increased foreign investment, infrastructural development, and national unification. As the "father of modern Liberia", President Tubman sought to align the interests of Indigenous Liberians with those of the Americo-Liberian elite.