Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

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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

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


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]


  1. ^ a b Online, Peace FM. "Walking You Through Accra's Beautiful Attractions". - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum". Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Ghana at
  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". 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