Sierra Leone-3/29/1971-Sierra Leone & Guinea Military Unite





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Published on Dec 23, 2011

A proper write-up is located further down in the description.

People at Dr. Taylors home:
Dr. Donald Taylor
Esther Taylor Grandchildren: Morgan -4 Jackson - 8
Raymond Strasser-King
Mabel Strasser-King
Osman Sanneh
Veronica Cox
Ted W. Cox

Prior to an assassination attempt on his life March 23rd, 1971, Dr. Siaka Stevens requested a security guard from Guinean President Sekou Toure. This Guinean guard was the same one that saved his life on March 23rd in Freetown, (Don Taylor, interviewed by Ted W. Cox, December 2011).
On March 25th, Dr. Stevens traveled by car to Conakry, Guinea where he successfully obtained more support from President Toure, (from Siaka Stevens memoirs).
On Sunday morning, March 29th, 1971, a member of Siaka Stevens cabinet, Mr. D.F. Shears, brought to Broadcasting House in Freetown a taped statement by Dr. Stevens. The tape was handed over to Don Taylor who was working that morning: "I put the tape on the air because it was not announcing a coup ---it was announcing the restoration of the civilian government and it was a message to the nation by the Prime Minister." (Don Taylor, e-mail to Ted W. Cox, December 2011).
Part of this You tube publication is the above mentioned taped broadcast that Don Taylor played on Radio Sierra Leone that day.
During the radio announcement, 200 to 300 French speaking Guinean soldiers arrived in Freetown. The number of Guinea military personnel in Sierra Leone was lowered over time. After three years they were all gone.
At the time of the coup attempt, the teaching staff of Bo Teacher Training College held a reception at the house of Peace Corps Volunteers, Frank Fletcher and Ted W. Cox in Bo. The faculty was celebrating Sierra Leone's upcoming Tenth Independence Anniversary. A small amount of money had been sent to the college from central government for this purpose. The money was insufficient to hold a reception for the student body in the mind of the College Principal. Some students objected to this use of college funds.
Following the reception, an unknown person falsely reported to government officials that the Bo Teacher Training College faculty had celebrated at this reception in support of the military coup against Stevens. BTTC Principal, Mr. E.R. Ndomahina was promptly summoned to Freetown to explain why the reception was held and the issue was quickly settled.

Ted W. Cox -- December 2011

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