Did you know Brooklyn Park has a sister city friendship with the City of Kakata in Liberia? Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center have the largest concentrations of Liberians outside the Republic of Liberia. It’s estimated that 10 percent of Brooklyn Park’s residents are of Liberian descent.
In 2013, members of the Brooklyn Park Council and staff traveled to Liberia and documented their journey.
View their travel journal
History of our relationship
In March of 2012, Kakata’s Mayor, Eddie Murphy, invited Brooklyn Park city officials to come see the city and the country. Mayor Jeffrey Lunde, City Manager Jamie Verbrugge and Multicultural Liaison Robin Martinson made the trip overseas as well as Fire Chief Ken Prillaman, who traveled on his own through his non-profit organization, Fire Rescue Alliance, which is helping rebuild the Liberian National Fire Service.
On July 23, 2012, the Brooklyn Park City Council adopted a resolution establishing a sister city relationship with Kakata, Liberia.
In September of 2012, the Vice President of Liberia, His Excellency Joseph Bokai and the Liberian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jeremiah Sulunteh, visited Brooklyn Park to strengthen ties between the two cities.
In November of 2013, Council Members Rich Gates and Elizabeth Knight and Community Engagement Coordinator Elizabeth Tolzmann traveled to Kakata and participate in a formal signing ceremony to recognize the relationship.
The Republic of Liberia, is a country in West Africa. It covers an area of 43,000 square miles and is home to about four million people. Kakata is the county seat of Margibi County and has a population of about 35,000 people. The City is also home of the Booker Washington Institute, Liberia’s first vocational and agricultural school. Rubber production, diamond prospecting, and subsistence rice farming are the key industries in Kakata.
The relationship is just one way the City is reaching out to our diverse neighbors to make sure Brooklyn Park is a thriving community for all.