Mayor of Freetown unveils Murals of Prominent Sierra Leoneans

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2025

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, of Freetown City Council has unveiled two murals in a bid to promote tourism, culture, and history.

The murals feature Dr. McCormack C. F. Easmon who was the founder of the National Museum of Sierra Leone and Sir. Milton A.S Margai who was the first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone

The lookout of the murals is on the perimeter wall of the National Museum on Siaka Stevens Street and Pademba Road, Freetown. Which will also help tell the stories of Sierra Leone to visitors, students, and future generations.

Dr. McCormack C.F. Easmon (1890 – 1972), was a Sierra Leonean creole born in Accra in the Gold Coast (Now Ghana). As a member of the Sierra Leonean community, he spearheaded the foundation of the Sierra Leone National Museum in 1958 and became its first curator. He was also instrumental in the Monuments and Relics Commission alongside other Sierra Leoneans such as Dr. Ernest Jenner Wright and Wilmot A. Dillsworth, a Freetown city town clerk. Dr. Easmon worked relentlessly to get worthy exhibits for the museum and to set up attractive displays. He was also a host of a popular radio program called ‘Sierra Leone in Retrospect’.

Dr. Easmon was awarded the Order Of The British Empire (OBE) in the year 1954.

Sir Milton A.S Margai (1895 – 1964) was a Sierra Leonean doctor and politician who served as head of government from 1954 until his death in 1964. He was titled Chief Minister from 1954 to 1960, and then Prime Minister from 1961 onwards. Margai oversaw Sierra Leone’s transition to independence in 1961. He died in office at aged 68 and was succeeded as Prime Minister by his brother Albert Margai.

The murals were sponsored by Gary Schulze.