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APRIL 10, 1963 


1 964-1 965 

Excerpts from a transcription of remarks 
by officials of the World's Fair and Sierra 
Leone, at the Pavilion of Sierra Leone ground- 
breaking ceremony, New York World's Fair, 
Wednesday, April 10, 1963. 

DR. ROBERTO de MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of 
Protocol]: Your Excellency, Mr. Consul General, Mr. 
Berns, ladies and gentlemen. The international sector 
of a world's fair is always a point of great attraction 
with glamorous fascination for its millions of visitors. 
The New York World's Fair has had the good fortune 
to have its International Division under the dynamic 
leadership of Governor Charles Poletti, a person with 
vast experience and outstanding qualities of understanding 
and inspiration. In his absence today, however, we have 
with us one who has had a most colorful career in organ- 
izing fairs throughout the world, who serves as the Gov- 
ernor's good right arm. It is my great pleasure to present 
Mr. Allen Beach. 

MR. ALLEN E. BEACH [Director. International 
Exhibits}: Thank you Ambassador de Mendoza. Am- 

ssador Kelfa-Caulker, Mr. Berns and distinguished 
guests. Governor Poletti is travelling abroad today so 
I'll say a few words in his behalf and in behalf of the 
International Division. 

This is an important day for the New York World's 
Fair and for Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the first 
African nation to break ground for its pavilion. April 
is an important month for this proud nation; two years 
ago, on April 27, 1961, Sierra Leone gained its inde- 
pendence. Sierra Leone is small in size only; it has a 
big story to cell to the world through its pavilion at this 
Fair. Sierra Leone, strategically located on the west coast 
of Africa, is an enterprising, energetic nation with a 
background of culture and tradition that millions of 
Fair visitors will find most interesting. 

Consul General Claudius Gibrilla has been the Fair's 
principal contact for many months, and Dr. George 
Bennett of our International Division staff will attest 
to the fact that his sincerity in projecting his personal 
belief that his country must be represented convinced 
us from the outset that in him we were not only dealing 
with a distinguished government official, but with a 
warm friend. 

On June 18, 1961, shortly after Sierra Leone's dec- 

Model of the Pavilion of Sierra Leone, an ultra-modern structure that conveys the romantic traditions of this new western African 
nation. Its exhibits will tell the story of Sierra Leone, from a slave colony to proud independence. 

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His Excellency, Ambassador 
Richard E. Kelfa-Caulker, speak- 
ing at the Sierra Leone ground- 
breaking, where he expressed the 
hope that America will discover 
modern Sierra Leone. 

Ambassador Kelfa-Caulker presenting Mr. Allen 
Beach of the Fair's International Division with a 
beautiful example of the craftsmanship of Sierra 
Leone. Left to right: Dr. George H. Bennett, In- 
ternational Division of the Fair, Mrs. Gibrilla, Mr. 
Allen Beach, International Division, Ambassador 
Richard E. Kelfa-Caulker, Mrs. Kelfa-Caulker, Con- 
sul General Claudius A. Gibrilla. 

laration of independence, Governor Poletti, Dr. L. 
Gray Cowan, director of African Studies at Columbia 
University, and Mr. Marcel Duriaux, who at that time- 
was executive secretary of the United States Society of 
Editors and Commentators, arrived in Freetown to pre- 
sent the official invitation to participate in the New 
York World"s Fair. On this occasion. Dr. John Kar- 
efa-Smart. Minister of External Affairs, told the delegation 
that Sierra Leone would be present. Since that time, 
consistent and efficient progress has been made. Mr. 
Costas Machlouzarides has been appointed architect for 
the building that will shortly be erected here on the 
Avenue of Africa. 

We are proud and honored that Sierra Leone will 
exhibit at our Fair. Thank you. 

DR. de MENDOZA: On this lovely sun-lit morning 
in April, an auspicious month for Sierra Leone, we 
are honored to have present Sierra Leone's Ambassador 
to the United States, His Excellency, Dr. Richard E. 
Kelfa-Caulker. His Excellency knows the United States 
well, having spent six years here completing his studies 
before returning to embrace a career in education in Sierra 
Leone. For tw<_ 3 he has been the principal of Al- 

bert Academy in Sierra Leone. His career was interrupted 
when he was called to duty as Commissioner of Sierra 

Leone in London, and later in 1961, as Ambassador to 
the United States. 

I know that when Ambassador Kelfa-Caulker breaks 
ground for the Pavilion of Sierra Leone he will realize- 
as an educator that within the walls of the lovely pavilion 
that will arise on this ground. Sierra Leone will educate 
millions of World's Fair visitors on the culture, achieve- 
ments and aspirations of his people. It is a great honor 
to present the Ambassador from Sierra Leone to the 
United States, His Excellency Richard E. Kelfa-Caulker. 

KELFA-CAULKER: Mr. Berns, Mr. Beach, Ambassador 
de Mendoza, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to start 
by quoting two old sayings that you might hear in the 
market places and elsewhere in Freetown. The first is: 
People are counting the big yams by the dozen, and in 
between a little one rolls along to be counted too. It seems 
to me that our presence here in the midst of the grandeur 
of these great pavilions being erected gives us the feeling 
that we too, however little, want to be counted. 

The other saying is: If a little child sits near a big man 
and listens, he will learn a great deal. Perhaps this is our 
motive for coming here — that we might learn from the 
things that we shall see, as well as have an opportun in- 
to help people come to know us. 

William Berns, 
York World's 
Allen E. Beach 

vice president of Communications of the New 

Fair; His Excellency, Ambassador Richard E. 

Consul-General Claudius A. Gibrilla and 

Sierra Leone is the oldest and first British colony in 
West Africa. She therefore had a hand in the opening 
up of West Africa through education, through the Chris- 
tion religion, and through commerce. Ours is a small 
country, and we shall advance by mingling with the peo- 
ples of the world at this great Fair. We are endowed with 
the same intelligence, the same spirit for advancement, 
and we believe not only that we have a contribution to 
make, but especially that through our association with the 
Fair, we shall learn and profit equally from the experience 
of all peoples and nations. 

In 1460, Portuguese navigator Pedro de Centra dis- 
covered Sierra Leone, which means Mountain of the Lion. 
This discovery led to the institution of slavery for which 
Sierra Leone became a trading base. It also led to the 
establishment of the first free colony in Africa, a colony 
conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that 
all men are created free. In the continuing pursuit of this 
freedom we will come to the Fair in the year 1964 to 
present Sierra Leone to America, and to the West, not 
in slavery, but in freedom; not in ignorance but with 
intelligence. Only time will tell the results of our efforts. 
We will hope for mutual understanding. We will appre- 
ciate what is good, for we will come to learn with eyes 
wide open. We trust also chat in presenting the spirit 
of Sierra Leone, we shall help America and the West to 

see not only Sierra Leone but Africa as a whole, her 
potential and her present needs. 

Mr. Chairman, it is a great pleasure to take part in this 
groundbreaking ceremony to establish the Pavilion of 
Sierra Leone at the New York World's Fair. Thank you. 

DR. de MENDOZA: It gives me great pleasure to in- 
troduce the vice president of Communications of the New 
York World's Fair, Mr. William Berns. 

WILLIAM BERNS: Dr. de Mendoza, Your Excel- 
lency, Ambassador Kelfa-Caulker, Consul General Gi- 
brilla, Mr. Beach, Dr. Bennett, distinguished guests, mem- 
bers of the International Division of the New York 
World's Fair, ladies and gentlemen. Supported by the en- 
thusiasm and interest of the executives and staff of the 
New York World's Fair for the participation of the 
African nations, it is a pleasure to bring you this message 
from the president of the New York World's Fair, the 
Honorable Robert Moses: 

"We are delighted with this participation by one of the 
ambitious new nations ofWest Africa, a nation aiming at 
the same objectives and with the same democratic princi- 
ples as ours. The design of your pavilion is particularly 
attractive — I assume your exhibits will be equally impres- 
sive. I look forward to greeting you when the Fair opens." 






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HIS EXCELLENCY RICHARD E. KELFA-CAULKER, Ambassador from Sierra Leone to the United States 
CLAUDIUS A. GIBRILLA, Consul General from Sierra Leone to New York 
ARCHITECTS: Mr. Rons ford Jarrett-Yaskey of Freetown, S. L. 
Mr. Costas Machlouzarides of New York 


Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer