Freetown is a port city and the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa. It’s known for its beaches and historical role in the transatlantic slave trade. The old town’s centuries-old Cotton Tree is a symbol of emancipation. On the waterfront is the King’s Yard Gate, through which former slaves walked to freedom. The Sierra Leone National Museum includes exhibits relating to the 19th-century military leader Bai Bureh.
Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It?s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation?s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King?s Yard Gate. Both were known as places of refuge for returned slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nearby Bunce Island was a key departure point during the slave trade.