Cape Coast Slave Dungeons: Still Standing

Cape Coast Slave Dungeons: Still Standing

The slave dungeons of Elmina and Cape Coast stand today as Ghana’s most symbolic artifact exemplifying the horrifying experience of the Atlantic Slave Trade.  Thousands of tourists from all over the world travel to Ghana to experience the beauty and culture of Africa and to see and hear first-hand, oral historians recount the pain and resistance of a piece of world history often white-washed in text books.  Ghana’s male and female slave dungeons and the “Door of No Return” stand as a reminder of what became the world’s largest human trafficking evil—over 3.5 million Africans stolen from their homeland and sold into slavery.

Many African Americans have left the United States and repatriated to Ghana after making the pilgrimage HOME and the same is true of people from Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean.  Is it the emotional re-connection to Africa’s lost souls as one re-traces the steps of African men, women and children taken to the “Death Cell,” a dark, locked concrete room where resisters were left to die?  Is Ghana really a land of opportunity for African Americans where they can look towards a more prosperous future with welcoming arms?  Seestah Imakhus, owner of  One Africa Health Resort, Restaurant and Wellness Center talks to Anderson Cooper of CNN about her repatriation to Ghana and why she left the United States almost 20 years ago.

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