Black Heritage Museum
Lagos has played an enormous role in the history of West Africa and was particularly prominent during one the most difficult periods of West African history. For 300 years, Lagos and its neighboring city, Badagry, were at the heart of the slave trade, which is commemorated at the Black Heritage Museum.
A fascinating glimpse into the pastThe Black Heritage Museum stands as a powerful reminder of the city’s dark past and offers an astonishing glimpse of a world that might seem totally alien to the optimistic buzz that fills the crowded Lagos streets today. The museum provides a stirring and insightful experience and for the optimal visit, join a tour guide who will take you on journey through West African history.
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 is estimated that around 550,000 African slaves passed through the area, and Lagos grew in population as a result of this trade. Inside the museum, you will be faced with evidence of this barbaric industry. Over 9 galleries of trade documents, historical records and sketches of the slave trade are on display inside, and outside, the town of Badagry itself has been turned into a living monument of this dark chapter in world history.
Although the Black Heritage Museum stands as a reminder of a bleak past, it is also a testament to the resilience of the region and the incredible hope and optimism that fills the country today.