POMPEY MUSEUM OF SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION
Located at George Street in Downtown Nassau, Pompey Museum documents the impact of slavery in The Bahamas. Twice devastated by fire, in September 2001 and again in December 2011, this historic building has been restored to its early 20th Century architectural style, with its second storey and featured arcades.
The building dates back to around the 1760s when the facility was used as a market, from which commodities of all kinds, including slaves were sold. In the early 20th century, it housed the telegraph and telephone department, and later the electricity department.
In 1992, Vendue House was restored and outfitted as a public museum. The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, named for Pompey, a slave who raised a revolt against unfair conditions on the Rolle Plantation, on the island of Exuma. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the experience of the enslaved throughout the ages, particularly transatlantic slavery and its aftermath in The Bahamas.
In November 2014 Pompey Museum reopened after restoration, with a powerful exhibition Wade in The Water: Peter Mowell, the Last Slave Ship in The Bahamas chronicling the plight of the enslaved Africans on the slave ship that wrecked off Lynyard Cay in the Abacos in 1860.
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 9:30am – 4:30pm, Thurs 9:30am – 1:00pm (Closed Sundays & Holidays)
Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.00, Locals $ 2.00 and Children 6-12 $1.00, Children 5 and under Free
Location: Bay Street, in front of George Street
Phone: (242) 356-0495 or (242) 325-2315
Fax: (242) 325-2298