The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (KNMP) is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Aside from conducting of guided state and other tours for visitors, it is also responsible for acquiring, collecting, conserving and managing Dr. Nkrumah’s relics and the park; documenting and protecting Dr. Nkrumah’s personal relics, and promoting the ideas and ideals of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Pan Africanism. Located in downtown Accra, Ghana is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum.
Responsibilities of the Agency
• Acquire, collect, conserve and manage Dr. Nkrumah’s Relics and the park.
• Documentation and protection of Dr. Nkrumah’s personal relics.
• Promote the ideas and ideals of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Pan Africanism.
Details of Activities
The KNMP agency organizes the following:
• Re-enactment of Declaration of Independence
• Conduct guided state and other tours for visitors.
• Emancipation Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony and Colloquium in collaboration with other Agencies of the Ministry
• Participation in International World Tourism Day Celebrations
• Du Bois-Padmore-Nkrumah Annual Memorial Lectures in collaboration with other Agencies
• Participation in exhibitions e.g., NAFAC
In the park is the bronze statue of NKrumah clad in cloth with his hand symbolically pointing forward. It stands at the same place that NKrumah stood to declare Ghana’s Independence from British colonial rule on March 6, 1957.
The mausoleum designed by Don Arthur houses the mortal remains of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. It is meant to represent an upside-down sword which in the Akan culture is a symbol of peace.
The Museum houses the personal effects and publications of Ghana’s first president and pictures showing his life history. Some of these pictures of Dr. Nkrumah with some of the most famous people of his time is an eye opener.
Around the park are trees planted by different world leaders. Visitors enjoy the beautiful views of the garden. Aside the beautiful greens, flowers and trees, there are water fountains, traditional sculptures (flute players) and more.
Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his colleagues stood at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra on the eve of Ghana’s political independence, to declare the country’s freedom from British colonial rule.
Together with Comrades Kojo Botsio, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, Archie Casely Hayford and Krobo Edusei, all clad in their northern smocks and hats, emotional and before a huge crowd which had travelled from the entire country to witness the memorable occasion, Nkrumah said “Ghana is free forever”.
Indeed, when the representatives of Queen Elizabeth and Lord Listowel, the then Governor General, Kwame Nkrumah and others gathered in the Old Parliament House to formally mark the country’s independence, the Old Polo Grounds accommodated a huge crowd of people who had gathered in Accra to participate in the historic activity. Today, the place is known as Kwame Nkrumah’s Mausoleum and has become a tourist destination for Ghanaians and those in the diaspora.
The idea of erecting a monument in honour of Kwame Nkrumah dates back to 1972, when the African Students Union sent a memorandum asking the Government of Guinea, then under President Sekou Toure, to send the mortal remains of the Ghanaian leader to Ghana. Although the remains were later returned to Nkroful, his birthplace, it was not until 1992, that the image of Nkrumah was restored on the Old Polo Grounds.
The mausoleum is located to the west of the Ghana Arts Centre and the offices of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. It is also directly opposite the Old Parliament House, which now houses the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).