Bunce Island, Sierra Leone

A Heritage from Home Virtual Tour

Located a few miles north of the port city of Freetown, Bunce Island’s fortified British trading post and ancillary buildings served as an international trade center and the stopping point for commercial ships transporting enslaved Africans to the West Indies and North America between the late 1600s and 1807. A testament to a transformative and traumatic period in local and regional history, the site's impact on the Atlantic world endures to this day.

Travel with us on July 28 to Bunce Island's fortified trading post and the ruins of a once thriving center. Taking you behind the scenes at the site to learn more about its historical and social significance, Project Manager Isatu Smith will consider the question of how our built environment, passed down from generation to generation, bears witness to the difficult truths of the past and the present.

Video release date: Thursday, July 28, 2022

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WMF’s work at Bunce Island was supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) at the U.S. Department of State, and by the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.

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