Black Heritage Museum
Lagos has played an enormous role in the history of Western Africa, and was particularly prominent during one of its most difficult periods. For 300 years Lagos, and nearby Badagry, were at the heart of the slave trade and this is commemorated at the Black Heritage Museum.
The Black Heritage Museum is a powerful reminder of its difficult past, and an astonishing glimpse of a world that seems totally alien to the optimistic buzz that fills the crowded Lagos streets today. The museum will provide a stirring and insightful experience to the visitors enjoying the superior service available at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos V.I.
A fascinating glimpse into the past
From the early 1500s Badagry was one of the main slavery ports on the West African coast, forming an integral part of the trade in African slaves to the Americas. During that time it's been estimated that around 550,000 African slaves passed through the area, and Lagos grew as a result of this trade.
Inside the Black Heritage Museum visitors are faced with evidence of this barbaric industry. Over nine galleries trade documents, historical records and sketches of the time are on display – and outside the museum the town of Badagry itself has been turned into a living monument to this dark chapter in world-history.
A difficult history and bright future
The Black Heritage Museum performs an incredibly important function, reminding visitors of a difficult segment of the past. It is also a testament to the resilience of the region. Visiting the museum allows tourists to see a bleak past that emphasises the incredible hope available in sites such as the Lekki Conservation Centre.
Guests at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos V.I. who have even a passing interest in the history of Africa and Nigeria should visit the Black Heritage Museum. The museum is one of the most moving and memorable attractions in the Nigerian capital and a visit can invigorate a stay in the superior Lagos hotel.