Otterbein in Sierra Leone:
A Timeline: Sierra Leone, Otterbein and the United Brethren Church
Unknown school in Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1969
1798: Foundation of original British colony on Sierra Leone peninsula as a haven for freed slaves (mostly recaptured from slave ships along the British coast)
1855: First United Brethren mission to Sierra Leone (Freetown)
1857: Shenge United Brethren mission station established
1877: Rotifunk United Brethren mission station established
1896: Declaration of British protectorate, encompassing the present territory of Sierra Leone
1898: Rebellion in the protectorate against British rule. Seven United Brethren missionaries killed at Rotifunk
1905: Albert Academy founded in Freetown by J.R. King, an American missionary (Otterbein 1894). Milton Margai and Siaka Stevens, the first and third presidents of independent Sierra Leone, along with a great many other prominent figures attend Albert Academy.
1908: By this date, there are 15 United Brethren mission stations in the colony and protectorate
1922: Lloyd Mignerey (Otterbein 1917) is missionary-in-charge at Rotifunk
1923-1924: Lloyd Mignerey is the principal of Albert Academy
1927-1939: Glen Rosselot (Otterbein 1916), an American missionary, becomes principal of Albert Academy
1939-1959: Richard Kelfa-Caulker (Otterbein 1935) is the first African principal of Albert Academy
1961: Sierra Leone becomes independent
1961: Max A. Bailor (Otterbein 1953) becomes the second African principal of Albert Academy
1964: Milton Margai dies
1967-1985: Siaka Stevens rules under a one-party system
1985: J.S. Momoh, Stevens' hand-picked successor, is elected in an uncontested election
1991: Beginning of civil war in Sierra Leone
1992: Momoh deposed by young military officers. Valentine Strasser becomes leader.
January 16, 1996: Strasser deposed by Bio.
February 26, 1996: first round of elections held--finalists are Alhaji Ahmad Teejan Kaaba and John Karefa-Smart (Otterbein 1940)
March 17, 1996: Teejan Kaaba announced as the winner of runoff elections. Civil war begins to wind down.
Timeline created by Jeremy Smith, Professor of English, Sierra Leone Collection: Located in The Otterbein Room- Archives
Created by: Mindy VanHouten, Kent State University practicum student, July 2008