Freedom Park Review
Set to open in early 2010, the 129-acre Freedom Park will be a "one-stop-heritage-shop" for South Africa, dedicated to the struggle for freedom and humanity, as well as other aspects of South African heritage, including human evolution. At Salvokop, a prominent hill at the entrance to Pretoria on the highway from Johannesburg, and within view of the Voortrekker Monument, the site will comprise a memorial, interactive museum, archives, and a garden of remembrance. The park was launched in 2002 by President Thabo Mbeki, who said, "We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free." Individual South African, African, and global leaders who made significant contributions to the struggle against oppression, exploitation, racism, and other forms of discrimination will be honored, including Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to become Africa's first independent country in 1957, and revolutionary icon Che Guevara. Call or check the Web site for up-to-date admission prices and hours.