Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilization Renews Debates Over Cultural Repatriation

January 16th, 2019

The opening of Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilizations has sparked renewed debate over the restitution of African artifacts and treasures to their native countries, as a new show features a range of works on loan from European Museums. “We cannot go to France and take them by force as they did in the days when they took them from our people,” says Abdu Latif Coulibaly said. “France, on the other hand, should help us identify artworks that originated in Senegal. We will then work together in bringing all of them back here.”

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