Chocolate City, Liberia

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Chocolate City
Town and suburb
Chocolate City is located in Liberia
Chocolate City
Chocolate City
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 6°19′57″N 10°45′26″W / 6.33250°N 10.75722°W / 6.33250; -10.75722Coordinates: 6°19′57″N 10°45′26″W / 6.33250°N 10.75722°W / 6.33250; -10.75722
Country Liberia
CountyMontserrado County
DistrictGreater Monrovia
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Chocolate City is a town and central-northern suburb of Monrovia, Liberia. To the northeast is Samie Town. It contains the Elizabeth Blunt School and Francis Freeman Elementary School.[1][2]

Long before the neighbouring town of Gardnersville became what it is today, Chocolate City used to be a place where many went and defecated. Those riding in cars along the highway would smell the stench of human excrement. Instead of calling it feces or pupu spot, people began calling it chocolate area to minimize the effect. And so it became known as Chocolate City.[3]

During the Second Liberian Civil War in 1999-2003, the city was war torn,[4] and "rape, murder and plunder" happened every night in Chocolate City.[5] Hundreds of thousands of refugees hid in churches, schools and houses and many thousands died.[5]


  1. ^ "A school named after me". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Liberian Journal No 11". Society of African Missions. 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ "The Story Behind the Name". Stereotype Liberia. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  4. ^ Gbowee, Leymah; Mithers, Carol (13 September 2011). Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War. Beast Books. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-9842951-5-9. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "A year after Liberia's bloody civil war". The Scotsman. 11 July 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2012.