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After the death of W.E.B. DuBois, a major intellectual, civil rights activist, and Pan-Africanist, on August 27, 1963, the government of Ghana sponsored a state funeral and a ceremony was held in the city of Accra. DuBois' body was kept at the Christiansborg Castle until 1985, when J.J. Rawlings, the Head of state of Ghana, declared his former home in the Cantonments District as a memorial center. It was renamed the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Center for Pan-African Culture. Tourists can view some of DuBois' personal items, photographs, and memorial grave. In the early 20th century, the Center was briefly visited by the Hawkins Family.