Slave coast castles
15.04.2013 - 15.04.2013 91 °F
On our day in Ghana, we went on a tour of two former “slave castles.” Cape Coast Castle and Elmina. These were both major centers of the slave trade that flourished in this part of Africa from the 16th through the 19th century. Thousands of enslaved Africans were brought in chains to these fortresses, stored in dungeons, and then packed into ships that took them to a life of hard labor in the New World. These slave castles are places that have seen terrible brutality and enormous suffering.
At Cape Coast Castle, it was very moving to see a plaque commemorating the 2009 visit of Michelle Obama. Mr. Obama came here to visit her roots her ancestors had passed through the castle’s infamous Door of No Return as slaves headed for the American south. Some 200 years later the descendant of those slaves DID return. She returned as First Lady of the United States.
The majority of the people of Ghana today live in great poverty. You can see this in our photographs. It is striking, however, to see how cheerful the people are and how hopeful. Signs of their strong faith and their trust in God are everywhere.