Washington and Lee University Law School Sends 30,000 Pounds of Law Books to Liberia

Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, has shipped 30,000 pounds of law books to the nation of Liberia in West Africa. The books will be distributed to the Liberian National Law Library in Monrovia, the nation’s capital. The library is operated by the Liberian National Bar Association. Other books will find a new home at the Liberian Law School.

The nation of Liberia, founded by former American slaves, has a legal system founded on British and American law. So many American law books are applicable to the studies of Liberian students.

The books are traveling from Norfolk, Virginia, to Monrovia aboard a freighter operated by the Firestone Natural Rubber Company, which has been operating in Liberia since 1926. The company donates free space on its freighters to nonprofit groups that wish to transport goods to Africa for humanitarian causes.