Saturday, November 18, 2006

History of the United States Embassy - Freetown

The United States has a long consular relationship with Sierra Leone extending back to the 19th Century. In 1959, the United States opened a consulate in Freetown and elevated it to Embassy status when Sierra Leone became independent in 1961. The first U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone was A.S.J Carnahan. Since independence, the U.S. has supported Sierra Leone’s development through USAID, Peace Corps, military and U.S. State Department Programs. It plans to recommence visa processing in early 2007 at the new location. The new embassy gives visitors and employees a feeling of openness and light as well as a connection to nature with large windows and sweeping views.