APRIL 10, 1963
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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
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
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.
I 1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation
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.
HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR RICHARD E.
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.
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."
THE SIERRA LEONE
PAVILION OF SIERRA LEONE
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
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