Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos in Lagos Island, Nigeria which was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson.The Park was constructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians. Monuments in the park reveal the Lagos colonial heritage and history of Her Majesty’s Broad Street prisons.
It was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010. The Park serves as a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site, Arts and Recreation centre.The park, which is now a serene abode for individuals, visitors’ collective contemplation and interaction is open to the public every day.
Today, freedom park has become a venue for diverse social events and recreational entertainment. Although with an history of being an instrument of oppression, today, the park provides an inexpensive way to enjoy time out by yourself, with your significant other or even with your children. Strategically placed benches ensure that you can sit and chat even as you make your way around the site and its attractions.
Several events hold within the grounds of the park and a visit during the weekend will most likely present you with a performance or an artsy get together. Visitors are treated to sculptural displays that litter the grounds. Amongst the many attractions available here are the Wole Soyinka Art Gallery, the Amphi-Theatre, the Museum Complex, the Resource Centre, Souvenir Shops and lots more.
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