ABOUT FREEDOM PARK
Freedom Park Lagos, born out of the ruins of Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prisons, was reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the Nigerian People.Freedom Park Lagos is a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site & an Arts and Recreation centre. The project commemorated the 50th anniversary independence celebration in October, 2010 in remembrance of the Nation’s foremost fathers for their patriotism which ultimately led to the Nation’s Independence from colonial masters.The Freedom Park is a Heritage Site.
The new FREEDOM PARK Lagos, formerly Old Broad Street Prison; (a colonial instrument of control and oppression) is now a peaceful place for individual and collective contemplation and interaction.
Dedicated to our Heroes past.
Freedom Park is a Memorial and Leisure Park dedicated to the preserving the Lagos colonial heritage and history of the Old Board Street prison.
The park provides venues and the grounds for events and recreational entertainment,with relevant facilities like:
• Open Air Stage
• Pergola Cell (internet booths)
• Skeletal Cells
• Food Court
• Ponds and Fountains
• Historical Statues
• Museum Complex- Historical displays-Souvenir shops-Resource centre-Court yard- Cells Units.
• Wole Soyinka Art Gallery
Quotes by several people who have visited Freedom Park
Prof. Wole Soyinka
Noble Laureate for Literature
"It is an irony, the paradox of that conversion into a place of creativity, of imagination of excitement, a coner for children, just converting restrain into freedom"
Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Sooner or later, those who have been repressed, suppressed, and tyrannized make an adamant and irrepressible their liberation.
H.E. Babatunde raji Fashola(SAN)
Governor of Lagos State. 1st Oct. 2010
Freedom Park is a testimony that point to our administration's commitment and believe in freedom as the essential purpose of governance- freedom from need, freedom from poverty and its many spin-offs, and the freedom from insecurity. In the pursuit of these freedoms, metropolitan regeneration and redevelopment have been critical components of our efforts towards the renewal of Lagos and the revival of social traditions as well as traditions of an infrastructural nature.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande
Former Governor of Lagos State-3Dec.2010
(on his experience during his prison term)
"I will never have wished this for my worst enemy"