Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park: Chasing memories of an African hero
Located in the heart of Accra’s business district, is one of Ghana’s most beautiful landmarks, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial park.
Directly opposite the Supreme Court of Ghana, lies the Mausoleum. Beautifully arranged trees with inscriptions and luscious greenery entices your eye as you enter into the premises.
The Mausoleum and Memorial park was a former polo ground for the British during the colonial era. It was also the exact grounds where Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared March 6, 1957, the independence of the then Gold Coast, from the rule of the colonial masters, British.
The Mausoleum is an Architectural masterpiece which was constructed in 1991. Upon entering the inner perimeter, one can visibly see the grave of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah clad in marble finish. Directly overhead the grave lies a small opening at the top of the building which allows natural light to fall directly on the grave, to signify that Dr. Nkrumah was indeed the star of Africa.
Directly beside his grave is that of his beloved wife Fathia Nkrumah whom before her death in 2007 in Egypt, made a request that her body should be buried close to her husband.
Dr.Nkrumah’s Blue Cadillac, which he sometimes used for official and personal purposes is also housed in a transparent glazed structure close to the Mausoleum. Just behind the Mausoleum is a destroyed statue of Dr.Nkrumah during the military coup in 1966. (This statue used to be situated at the former parliament House in Accra).
The Museum which has a “no camera” policy, contains all what one need to know about Dr.Nkrumah is situated behind the Mausoleum. Inside this, are breath-taking views of some of the personal items of him like;
- desk(with a telephone)
- living room furniture like mirror,table,bed,chair e.t.c
- walking sticks
- personal pen
- Photos of his life history
- Awards he had received whiles he was alive
- personal clothing
- The metallic coffin that was used to contain the embalmed body of Dr.Nkrumah and was placed at his birth place in Nkroful in July 1972
The torch that was lit across Africa by Dr.Nkrumah still continues to linger in the hearts of many Africans and pan-Africans who travel all year round to this venue to hold events and reminisce the independence struggle, and how it has brought us far as a nation and as people.
Lovers of artworks, books, and artifacts depicting Dr.Nkrumah would find a shop within the premises.
“At long last the battle has ended. Ghana our beloved country is free forever” – Osagyefo Dr.kwame Nkrumah (March 6, 1957).
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