In 1891 a young African Prince from the Kru Tribe in Liberia, Samuel “Kaboo” Morris miraculously found his way to America… an enrolled at Taylor University. At this time Taylor was located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was a struggling institution on the verge of bankruptcy. Morris died of a respiratory illness during his second winter at Taylor, but during his 18 months on campus his simple faith and passion for Christ brought revival to the University and impacted the entire City of Fort Wayne.
Taylor President Dr. Thaddeus Reade published a booklet about Morris’ life that sold 200,000 copies, bringing in $20,000.00 for the cash strapped institution. This was an enormous sum of money in the day, and Taylor University survived. Shortly after Morris’ death the University was relocated to Upland and became the thriving institution that it is today.
Samuel Morris’ dream to return to his people was never realized. However, in 20014 a plan began to unfold to fulfill that dream. The Sinoe County Association in the Americas (SCAA) and Taylor University embarked on a joint initiative to “take Samuel Morris back to his homeland” in the form of a learning Center to be named in his honor.
In 2006 a 31-acre site was purchased in Farmersville, Sinoe County, Liberia, not far from Morris’ home village. In March 2013 ground was broken for the Morris Center Project. Funds are in hand for the Guest House building scheduled to be completed by early 2016. Construction on the Main Building will start when all the funds have been fully raised.
The Samuel Morris Educational Resources and Conference Center will help “bring peace and progress to Sinoe County and the Republic of Liberia by fostering educational and spiritual programs to local children and youth based on the example of Samuel Morris, his love of learning and his passion for Jesus Christ”.
The Samuel Morris Center will be a beautiful air-conditioned facility with Conference Breakouts Rooms, Kitchen and Dining facilitates, Guest Lodging, Computer lab, Library, Museum and Wi-Fi access. The conference and guest facilitates will enable the Center to be largely self-sustaining.
The Samuel Morris Center will offer ongoing educational programs for both youth and adults. Other programs addressing the spiritual needs of Sinoe County will be centered on the inspiring story of Samuel Morris. The Center will annually host Taylor’s student and faculty research teams in such disciplines as Education, Environmental Science, Medicine, Social Sciences, Business and International Studies.
To Become a Partner or Donor to the Project please contact:
Samuel Morris Legacy Committee, SCAA, Inc
Zackery-Taylor Major, Chair
P. O. Box 21101
Philadelphia, PA 19114