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Fredericksburg's Sister Cities
In 1980, Fredericksburg became a "sister city" with Frejus, France, a small city located on the French Riviera between Cannes and St. Tropez. Founded by Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Frejus (Forum Julii) became a major Roman naval base. Vessels built there were used to defeat the Egyptian fleet of Antony and Cleopatra, and Roman ruins and remnants of the city's Roman past abound. In addition to its ancient ruins, Frejus now is a European tourist attraction, famous for its beaches, its restaurants, its Provencal cuisine, and its museums.
To learn more about Frejus, visit their site Internet.
Support for and involvement in the Frejus, France Sister City activities is mainly through the Fredericksburg Sister City Association.
Prince's Town, Ghana
In December 2006, the City of Fredericksburg officially became the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to form a partnership with an African city. The City of Prince's Town, which actively participated in the slave trade some 400 years ago, is a small city located on the Gold Coast of Africa. According to their website, on January 1, 1681, a Brandenburger expedition of two ships, arrived in the Gold Coast, and began to build a strong fort between Axim and Cape of Three Points. The original name of this West African town was "Pokezoe" but after the fort was built, it was renamed Fort Gross-Friedrichsburg in honor of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm I, of Prussia.
The Sister City signing ceremony took place with Mayor Tom Tomzak and Ghana's Deputy Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Mr Joe Baidoo-Ansah signing on behalf of their respective cities. Her Excellency Pamela E. Bridgewater, US Ambassador to Ghana, received numerous gifts including the key to the City of Fredericksburg from Mayor Tom Tomzak. Mayor Tomzak and Ms Royster were each presented with a wooden stool.
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