Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park is located in downtown Accra, the capital of Ghana.[1][2]

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is located in Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Location within Ghana
Established1 July 1992 (1992-07-01)
LocationAccra, Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah's grave inside the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial in Accra

HistoryEdit

 
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum

It is dedicated to the prominent Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.[3][1] The memorial complex was dedicated in 1992, and is situated on the site of the former British colonial polo grounds in Accra.[4] It is five acres in size.[5] The mausoleum, designed by Don Arthur, houses the bodies of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah.[6]

It is the spot where Nkrumah made the declaration of Ghana's independence. On the premises is a museum that has on display objects from various stages of his life.[5] The building is meant to represent an upside down sword, which in Akan culture is a symbol of peace.[6] The mausoleum is clad from top to bottom with Italian marble, with a black star at its apex to symbolize unity. The interior boasts marble flooring and a mini mastaba looking marble grave marker, surrounded by river-washed rocks. A skylight at the top in the mausoleum illuminates the grave. The mausoleum is surrounded by water, a symbol of life.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Online, Peace FM. "Walking You Through Accra's Beautiful Attractions". Peacefmonline.com - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum". touringghana.com. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Ghana at www.odyssei.com.
  4. ^ Hess, Janet (2000). "Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana". Africa Today. 47 (2): 35–58. doi:10.1353/at.2000.0045. JSTOR 4187331. S2CID 143549189.
  5. ^ a b "Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra". www.kempinski.com. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  6. ^ a b "Visit Ghana - Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". Visit Ghana. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

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Coordinates: 5°32′40″N 0°12′10″W / 5.54444°N 0.20278°W / 5.54444; -0.20278