The Cotton Tree in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was a symbol of history. It had stood for centuries until a rainstorm felled it recently. The loss of this historic tree has left many saddened, but Ambassador David Reimer has found a way to memorialize it.
Ambassador Reimer unveiled a painting of the Cotton Tree by Sahr Songu Briwa from Bondumani art. This painting will serve as a reminder of the tree’s longstanding importance to the people of Sierra Leone. It will also honor the connection between Sierra Leone and the United States,
Ambassador Reimer remarked that “we are saddened that this historic tree has been affected by the climate. This historic symbol of Freetown was rich with history that connects Sierra Leone with the United States of America especially the Gullahs (A distinctive group of African Americans from South Carolina and Georgia in the southeastern United States that trace their root to Sierra Leone). With this painting, we can always remember it and honor its longstanding importance to the people of #Salone.”
With the painting of the Cotton Tree, Ambassador Reimer hopes to keep the memory of this historic symbol alive. He wants people to remember its importance and honor its legacy. The painting will serve as a reminder of the connection between Sierra Leone and the United States, and the resilience of the people who have overcome so much.
In conclusion, the loss of the Cotton Tree is a great loss to the people of Sierra Leone. However, with the painting of the tree, its legacy will live on. It will continue to be a symbol of history, connection, and resilience.