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January 23, 2017


                                   

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The Publisher’s Note


Mrs. Winifred Harley’s book, A Third of a Century with George Way Harley in Liberia was first published in 1973 as a monograph, almost 50 years ago. The work is out of print now. I was looking for a copy to share with my Ganta United Methodist Mission School Alumni Association (GUMMSAA) New England Region of which I am the Regional Coordinator.  Everywhere I went, I discovered that the book was out of print. Amazon.com sold the only copy I saw for $75.00.

This book is a very important source that details how the Harleys came to Liberia in 1926 to build a Christian Mission in that part of the world.  The book is the only viable documentary history of what the Harleys and their colleagues in mission contributed to Liberia and to our region.  Unfortunately, most people have not seen or read this book to know the wonderful miracle story of how God worked through these people to bring education, modern healthcare, motor roads and Christianity to us and to our people.  It is exceedingly crucial that we know their story, which is also our story.  Especially for those of us who were blessed to attend Ganta Mission School, or blessed to have received medical treatment at the hospital in Ganta, or to have received nursing training and other career head start at Ganta Mission, we need to by grateful and also know about the history of the mission of which we are recipients of its fruitfulness and its grace.

I called the Liberian Studies Association that originally published the work and asked if they intend to republish the monograph. I was told that Dr. Svend E. Holsoe who spearheaded this project as editor is dead.  Winifred and George Harley are dead.  The Liberian Studies Association had no present or future plans to republish the work.  They referred me to Indiana University African Studies program and I talked with a gentleman there who was willing to assist me but he did not know of any future plans for a republication of the monograph. I tried to reach out to all the sources connected to this work but found no answer.  My final decision was, instead of letting this very rich and important history of Ganta Mission be left to slide into obscurity, I should take the initiative to republish the work so that students, workers and missionaries coming to Liberia who do not know this story can have the opportunity to learn what the Harleys brought to us and what they did for our people, and together with us what we accomplished in building this powerful institution.

The second reason why I took up this initiative is to help our GUMMSAA New England Region raise some fund to complete a project for the Church the Harleys built before leaving Liberia, and that is the Miller McAllister United Methodist Church.  David Vulu and the men of the church had a project to install some bathrooms, church offices, choir dressing room and a fellowship hall where worshipers can meet after service to fellowship by the side of the church. Our New England Region made a commitment to them to help with the project, but we discovered later on that we could not raise enough money for the project. We were planning on writing grant proposals but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we could not write the grant proposals we have hoped to write. Whatever meager proceeds we earn from the republication of Mrs. Harleys’ book, portion of the earnings will help fund the Ganta Mission Special Project to which we have committed our region. 

The third reason for taking on this project is that the book will help all the alumni association members to learn about the history of the Mission: who built it, when it was built and the enormous sacrifices made by the Harleys and others to build such a wonderful institution for us in Ganta.

Hopefully, we can encourage the Board of Global Ministries to use this book as a resource book for all missionaries they send to work in Ganta and all of Liberia.  In that way, new persons in mission coming to Ganta will have the benefit of learning more about the origin of the institution they are coming to serve and what others have previously done on the Ganta Campus.

I am of the Mah ethnic community where the Harleys lived and worked for a third of a century. I knew them personally. I even wrote an appreciative essay about the work at Ganta for a history class when I was a student at Cuttington University. Their lives and work have had a significant impact upon my life and work. This is one of the ways we can say to them, “Thank You.”  I am a 1963, 8th grade graduate of the school they built. I worked in the hospital there as a nurses’ aid during the entire time I attended the school (1957-1963). The religious work at Ganta Mission inspired me to study theology on graduate and postgraduate levels. I earned my doctorate degree went back to offer my quota to the Methodist church as President and Dean of the Gbarnga School of Theology at the time that seminary operated under the auspices of the United Methodist Church.

Being also an editor and book publisher, I thought it would be fitting to help restore the legacy of the Harleys’ meaningful lives and work among my people.  I want to encourage other people, especially GUMMSAA members, students, teachers, staff, of Ganta Mission school and nurses, technicians, doctors, nursing students, and workers at the Ganta Mission Hospital and persons in mission to champion the cause for which the Harleys lived their lives.

   I acknowledge the courtesy of sources from where I have borrowed some of the photographs of people who have worked in our mission enterprise. I especially thank Elsie H. Landstrom, Eugene Harley, and Mildred Black for using their collection of photographs from the book, Hyla Doc in Africa 1950-1961.  That source was invaluable to this work.

My intention was to be true to the text of Mrs. Harley’s work so that it remains in tact without making any drastic changes.  Since I grew up speaking the Mah language, and have written books in the Mah language, I did some minor editing where some Mah words did not seem to match the pronunciations of the words in the language or certain expressions that did not sound like the actual words in the Mah language, I edited them.

I also used the word “Mah” in place of Mano.  For many years now, Liberians and outsiders have referred to the Mah ethnic people as MANO people.  We are not Mano people, we are Mah people and we call ourselves Mah Mia meaning Mah people; and the language we speak is not Mano, we speak Mahwè. (It is pronounced “Maa-way,” which means Mah language or Mah speech, or Mah talk. 

In the 1920’s when Kpelle ethnic people were appointed by the Liberian Government to serve as surveyors, soldiers, clerks and civil servants in the Mah country, the Kpelle Government officials learned that the Mah people were called Mah Mia. Kpelle people started referring to the Mah people as “Maa nu.”  The word “nu” in the Kpelle language means, people or person(s).  With the passage of time, the expression “Maa nu” gradually changed to “Mano.” The Kpelle people were using their ethnic nomenclature to describe the Mah people; but unfortunately, the Kepelle expression stuck as more and more people in Liberia came in contact with the Mah people, they used the Kpelle nomenclatures.  This is an unfortunate misnomer. The Mah people are now reclaiming their identity. In this work, we have tried to maintain the actual name the Mah people call themselves.

Kpelle people did not only misname the Mah people, they also changed the names of some of our towns to suit their Kpelle naming system for towns.  In the Kpelle language, town is called “ta”.  Example, Totota, Kakata, and so on.  Instead of calling Gompa, the name by which the local Mah people have always called their town, Gompa, the Kpelle people named it “Ganta.” The town is not Ganta, it is called “Gompa.”  “Pa” in the Mah language means “home” or “one’s town,” “Flumpa”  “Gapa,” etc. Now Gompa is known widely as Ganta, nationally and internationally. Very unfortunate. Instead of Gompa Methodist Mission, we have come to call it “Ganta Methodist Mission.”

We express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. and Mrs. Harley for the powerful transformation and modernization they brought to our country and to our people. I presume Mrs. Harley and Dr. Harley, if they were living, would be exceedingly thrill to know that we are making conscious efforts to perpetuate their legacy.  We also thank the Liberian Studies Association for the part they played in the process to preserve the Harley’s story. Our Ultimate goal for this republication is to preserve the history of how our institution was established. Without this effort, this history may have gone unnoticed in obscurity and oblivion.

Dr. Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Publisher,

Class of 1963,

Ganta United Methodist Mission School.

This edition was published in June 2018.


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Kiiton Press was established to fill the void and neglect left by the major
publishing houses.  In addition, Kiiton Press focuses on publishing books
especially for Liberian writers who otherwise may not have their books  
published by the big publishing houses.  This is why we have set up what we
call the New KP Liberian Writers Series; to publish books for Liberian
writers who need a professional publisher that understands the Liberian
culture and context.  We invite non-Liberian authors as well as those who are
first time authors. 
Some of the authors for whom we publish are minorities, Latin
Americans, Caribbean, Africans, African-Americans, Women, Children,
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Our official position at Kiiton Press is that we need to cultivate dialogue and communication essential to growth and development. Our publications reflect the opinions of their authors and are not necessarily representative of the official position of the publisher. We encourage the school system in Liberia to include our books on their list of textbooks or reading materials to be used in the various high schools, colleges and universities as the needs arise.  We also encourage the general public to use these books because there is much to learn from what Liberian writers do write.We encourage Liberian writers to visit our site and read what we are capable of offering them and how we can publish their works. We encourage Liberian writers to write textbooks for Liberian schools--books that are contextual,relevant, informative, and capable of stimulating learning and invoking interest in the subject matter.  

Dr. Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.

CEO. Founder, Publisher, and President, Kiiton Press

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