The government of Ghana is set to construct a new world-class Du Bois Museum Complex in Accra honoring the legacy of world-renown black intellectual and civil rights pioneer, Dr. W.E.B Du Bois.
This was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo at the signing of a historic partnership arrangement between the Government of Ghana and the W.E.B. Du Bois Museum Foundation in New York City. The president said that the museum will provide in the West African country an important monument to the shared struggle of the African peoples to get their rightful place in this world.
The facility will be designed by Sir David Adjaye, a renowned Ghanaian architect and designer of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The Du Bois Museum Foundation in Ghana will lead the implementation of the multi-million-dollar Museum Complex project.
Features of the future Du Bois Museum Complex in Accra
The proposed Du Bois Museum Complex in Accra will feature a library and reading room, event hall, outdoor auditorium and amphitheater, lecture space, guest house for visiting scholars, and the refurbished bungalow where Dr. Du Bois lived and worked.
The complex will also include a Memorial Pavilion housing the remains of Dr. Du Bois and the cremated ashes of his wife. Noteworthy, Du Bois, a civil rights pioneer and one of the world’s leading black intellectuals and thinkers, became a citizen of Ghana and resided in the West African country until his death back in 1963.
Upon completion, the Du Bois Museum Complex in Accra will serve as a historic memorial site, where visitors can honor his life and legacy, connect to their cultural and ancestral roots, and serve as an impetus to inspire solidarity among the people of African descent.