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Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial (Crash site)

Date of Submission: 11/06/1997
Criteria: (i)(ii)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
National Heritage Conservation Commission Government of Republic of Zambia
Coordinates: Lat. 12°58' S Long. 28°31' E 10km south-west of Ndola on the Dag Hammarskjoeld memorial access road from Ndola-Kitwe Dual carriage way.
Ref.: 867

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Dag Hammarskjoeld Memorial site lies at a point 10 km from Ndola in the Ndola West Forest Reserve. The turn off is clearly sign posted off the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way. The memorial marks the site of the plane crash in which Dag the second and the then United Nation Secretary General (1953-1961) was killed on 17th September 1961 while on a mission attempting to bring peace to the Congo Republic (now Zaire). The site was declared a national monument under notice number 14 of 1970 as a historical landmark. In 1964 the Dag Hammarskjoeld Foundation Committee was formed to ensure that the memory of this world statesman lives forever in the country where he met his tragedy. At the Crash site a memorial garden was established with a cairn at the centre and a lawn around it with a belt of shrubs and trees on the outer circle. A museum was constructed and official opened at the site in 1981. The museum exhibits some remains of the tragic accident. The museum is also used for collecting materials and books on the life of Dag Hammarskjoeld and the role of the United Nations.