|Thousands Mourn Baccus’ Final Journey|
|Published on September 28, 2007||Email To Friend Print Version
Rudolph G. Gborkeh
Thousands of Liberians from all walks of life defied the rain yesterday to escort the mortal remains of late Gabriel Baccus Mathews to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium where a night of wake keeping was held last night.
The mourners, including the first partisan of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, and Ambassador George M. Weah, partisans of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy and government officials escorted a giant size truck bearing the coffin of the late doyen of multiparty democracy in Liberia to the headquarters of the United People’s Party on Carey Street, Monrovia.
The mourners marched down the street, singing, “He is going to the promised land,” as the convoy made its way to the Party’s headquarters for the UPP’s final respect before being taken to the football examination hall at the, Antoinette Tubman Stadium, where a night of wake keeping took place last night.
“Baccus Matthews indeed was the people’s voice, as evidenced by the turnout I am receiving today,” remarked Daniel Toe.
From the stadium, the remains of the statesman will be taken to the Centannial Pavilion on Ashmum Street today, Friday, September 29, 2007 for another night of wake keeping. Interment will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2007 on a family plot in the township of Virginia, Montserrado County.
The veteran Liberian politician died September 7, 2007 at the age of fifty-nine after suffering from prostrate cancer.
The late Baccus Mathews is on record for restoring the hope for multiparty democracy in Liberia when he led a group of active progressives to challenge the William R. Tolbert regime. His political leadership at that time is regarded as the first most mass action that discredited the True Whig Party and its grip on power.
His name became a household world the late 1970s when as head of the Progressive Alliance of Liberia, PAL, protested the proposed increase in the price of Liberia’s stable, rice in 1979.