Edina, Liberia

Edina is a city in District 1 of Grand Bassa County, Liberia. Located on the central portion of the Atlantic Coast of Liberia on the north shore of the mouth of the St. John River, it is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Grand Bassa's capitol of Buchanan.[1] Settled in 1832, Samuel A.L. Johnson has been the city's mayor since 2018.[2] The community is named after Edinburgh, Scotland, which provided monetary support for the foundation of the settlement.[3]

Edina is located in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 05°55′30″N 10°04′38″W / 5.92500°N 10.07722°W / 5.92500; -10.07722Coordinates: 05°55′30″N 10°04′38″W / 5.92500°N 10.07722°W / 5.92500; -10.07722
CountryFlag of Liberia.svg Liberia
CountyGrand Bassa County
DistrictDistrict 1
 • MayorSamuel A.L. Johnson
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Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)


Edina was founded as a colony of the American Colonization Society in 1832.[4][5] Edina colony was later given to the United Colonization Societies of New York and Pennsylvania and became part of the Bassa Cove colony in 1837.[4] On October 22, 1836, a school was opened and in December 1837, a church was founded in the colony.[4] A second church opened in late 1839 while the Baptists started a mission at Edina.[4]

Edina is listed as one of the original settlements comprising the Commonwealth of Liberia in the 1839 Constitution, which was drafted by the American Colonization Society.[6]

Edina was the birthplace of the 12th President of Liberia, Joseph James Cheeseman. One of the earliest settlers of Edina was Charles R.H. Johnson, a son of Elijah Johnson who was one of the pioneers that played significant roles in establishing Liberia.

In 2002, an outbreak of diarrhea killed six people in and around the city.[7] Steel manufacturer Mittal began subsidising medical care in the city in 2007.[8]

The peace activist Etweda Cooper served as mayor from 2010 to 2012.[9][10]


Baptist Mission circa 1840

Edina is in District 1 of Grand Bassa County along the St. John River.[7][11] It is near the mouth of the river, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Buchanan with Paynesberry and Tuo Town the next closest communities.[12] Lying along the Atlantic coast in the central part of Liberian coastline, about 40 miles south of the capital of Monrovia, it is inhabited by many fishermen. Situated at sea level, the greater Edina area has a population of 15,628.[12]

Edina Public Health Center, a government run medical clinic, is located in the city.[13] The Liberian government believes Edina lies at the southern end of possible off-shore oil deposits.[14] It is among the oldest communities in the county.[15]

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  1. ^ "Map No. 3775 Rev. 6" (PDF). Department of Peacekeeping Operations. United Nations. January 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  2. ^ "President Weah Makes More Nominations, Appointments in Government". Executive Mansion. 2018-03-12. Retrieved 2021-01-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Gilman, Daniel Coit; Peck, Harry Thurston; Colby, Frank Moore (1906). The New International Encyclopaedia. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. p. 188.
  4. ^ a b c d Tracy, Joseph and Solomon Peck, Enoch Mudge, William Cutter, Enoch Mack History of American Missions to the Heathen, from Their Commencement to the Present Time From Their Commencement to the Present Time. Spooner & Howland, 1840. pp. 558-571, 619.
  5. ^ "African States and Rulers". Review Booklist. American Library Association. 96 (12): 1132. February 15, 2000. ISSN 0006-7385.
  6. ^ The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Liberia
  7. ^ a b The NEWS. "Liberia; Diarrhea Kills Six in Grand Bassa ...Threatens District in River Gee", Africa News, October 8, 2002.
  8. ^ The Inquirer (October 17, 2006). "Liberia; Mittal Steel Launches Medical Outreach". Africa News. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  9. ^ Robbins, Ed (2011-02-08). "Liberia Beyond Monrovia: A Small-Town Mayor's Big Visions for the Future". International Reporting Project.
  10. ^ "Bassa Glows Under Supt. Etweda S. Cooper". AllAfrica.com. 2013-07-15.
  11. ^ "Edina, Liberia". GEOnet Names Server. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  12. ^ a b "Edina, Liberia Page". Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  13. ^ "Six clinics risk closure". The Analyst. March 19, 2008.
  14. ^ "Liberia releases map on country's mineral resources to investors". BBC Monitoring Africa. BBC Worldwide Monitoring. November 7, 2007.
  15. ^ The Analyst (October 8, 2005). "Liberia; Brumskine Wraps Up In Bassa". Africa News.

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