SCAA and Taylor University Take
Samuel Morris Back Home
A 350-pound sculpture of Samuel “Prince Kaboo” Morris has been transported from the United States by one of the partners of the Sinoe County Association in the Americas, Inc., Taylor University. The sculpture has now arrived in Monrovia, Liberia and will later be transported to Farmersville, Sinoe County, where it will be installed on the grounds of the Samuel Morris Educational Resource Center, thereby signifying the “physical presence” of a young Sinoean whose dream was to positively impact the lives of his fellow countrymen.
The SCAA and its Partner, Taylor University, have embarked on the construction project of a Multipurpose Resource Center in Farmersville Sinoe County, Liberia in memory of a prominent son of Sinoe County, Samuel “Kaboo” Morris, who came from a very humble background in Sinoe County, Liberia, but changed the history of an American University, Taylor University, in Upland, Indiana during the few years of his educational sojourn at Taylor University prior to his demise.
Samuel “Kaboo” Morris was a young African prince from the Kru tribe who came to America in 1891 and enrolled at Taylor University, which was then located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His simple faith and passion for Christ brought revival to Taylor University at a time when the institution was at the verge of bankruptcy. Though Morris died of respiratory illness during his second semester at Taylor University, his18-month stay on campus greatly impacted and saved this American University from financial collapse. Morris’ dream was to return to his homeland and be a positive change agent in transforming people’s lives.
The young Sinoean’s dream of going back to his homeland was never achieved. That is why in 2004 the Sinoe County Association in the Americas (SCAA) and its partner Taylor University (currently located in Upland, Indiana), embarked on a joint initiative to ‘take Samuel Morris back to his hometown’ in the form of a learning center to be named in his memory.
In 2006 the Sinoe County Association in the Americas (SCAA) purchased a 30.83 acre site in Farmersville, Sinoe County for the construction of a US$4000,000.00 resource and learning center to be named “the Samuel Morris Educational Resource and Conference Center.” The Morris Center, as it is called for short, will comprise an auditorium, museum, library, conference rooms, computer lab, media center, offices, kitchen and dining facilities, residential unit/guest lodging, with Wi-Fi access.
The first phase of the Project, (Residential Unit) is nearing completion and fundraising initiatives for the other phases have already begun. In May 2016, a 55-persons delegation, which will include leaders of the SCAA and high-profile individuals from SCAA’s partners (Taylor University and Ambassador Enterprises), is expected to travel from the United States for the official dedicatory ceremonies of phase one – Samuel Morris Educational Resource Center Residential Units.
The National President of the Sinoe County Association in the Americas (SCAA), Mrs. Marilyn Tiah-Morris, will lead a 10-member SCAA delegation, while Dr. Eugene Habecker, President of Taylor University, will be accompanied by administrators and faculty members of Taylor University to the official dedicatory ceremonies that will be on May 26, 2016 in Farmersville, Sinoe County.
Similarly, Dr. Randy Carmen, Vice President at Ambassadors Enterprises, another SCAA’s Partner, will lead of delegation from Ambassador Enterprises and its subsidiaries, Innovative Education International and Innovative Education Liberia, while students from Taylor University and an engineering team from Northwest Nazarene University in Chicago, Illinois are also expected to be in attendance at the ceremonies.
Following the dedication of the twelve-bedroom air-conditioned Residential Unit, the construction work on Phase two of the project (auditorium, museum, library, conference rooms, computer lab, kitchen and dining facilities, residential unit/guest lodging, with Wi-Fi access.
The second phase of the Project – the Conference center – (library, conference rooms, computer library, museum, etc.) will commence and the full completion of these other facilities are expected to be done by 2018. While in Liberia, the SCAA and its Partners (TU, AE, and IEL) are also expected to carry on a number of other activities, including a special programme celebrating the first year completion of the Samuel Morris Scholars’ Program with schools in Sinoe County, a clean-up campaign in the City of Greenville, and the holding of consultations with appropriate stakeholders as well as with local and county authorities.
The physical presence of the sculpture of Samuel Morris on the grounds of a learning and resource center in Farmersville, Sinoe County is a testament to the reality that an unfilled dream of one person can be carried on by others.
The SCAA and Taylor University are continuously involved in joint initiatives that will keep alive the legacy of our Liberian hero, who was passionate about his faith and the message of peace and love for all.
What a joy that Samuel “Kaboo” Morris’ dream of going back to his homeland has now being achieved! What a joy that Prince Kaboo, a son of Sinoe County who was a former student of Taylor University in the late 1890s, is now back home as a resident of Farmersville!