DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation's culture minister isn't shy: He wants the thousands of pieces of cherished heritage taken from the continent over the centuries to come home.
The minister, Abdou Latif Coulibaly, told The Associated Press it's entirely logical that Africans should get back their artworks.
Last month, a report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron recommended that French museums give back works taken without consent, if African countries request them.
The new museum in Dakar is the latest sign that welcoming spaces across the continent are being prepared.
Focusing on Africa and its diaspora, the museum has been decades in the making.