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Several people are shown standing around a tour guide in front of the white facade of the Cape Coast Castle.

400 years: Slavery’s unresolved history

Aug. 25, 1619, marks 400 years since the first Africans were enslaved in the Colony of Virginia. Ghana has declared 2019 the “Year of Return” for African descendants around the globe. The World’s Rupa Shenoy traveled to Ghana to look at how slavery is entangled in both the past and present lives of people there and in the African diaspora.

Retracing a slave route in Ghana, 400 years later

Aug. 25 marks 400 years since the first recorded enslaved Africans arrived in North America to work plantations in English colonies. In the centuries after, European slave traders shipped millions of African men, women and children across the Atlantic Ocean. This photo essay retraces some of the final steps Ghanaians would have taken in their homeland.


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