This Is Deep! Tourists Retrace Slave Route From Africa



U.S. professor Joyce Hopescott, from Boston, stands at the 'Door of No Return' as she visits the 'Maison Des Esclaves' slaves house, a gathering point where slaves were shipped west in the 1700s and 1800s, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, July 2019. Joyce said: "The legacy of slavery has not yet ended. Racism, racial discrimination, poverty, dispossession, oppression have not ended with the actual event of slavery (ending) itself. So even if we didn't want to remember, we are forced to because it is around us every day." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A Senegalese boy walks from the 'Door of No Return' as he visits the 'Maison Des Esclaves' slaves house at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, July 2019. This month's anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia has caused a rush of interest in ancestral tourism, with people from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe seeking out their roots in West Africa. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


People play soccer as seen from the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kweku Obeng Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A hut covers the site of a well where slaves drank water before they were boarded on ships at the historic port of Badagry, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Emmanuel Mouti Dongo from Cameroon visits the 'Maison Des Esclaves' slaves house, a gathering point from where slaves were shipped west in the 1700s and 1800s, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal July 2019. Emmanuel said: "The Slave House of the Goree Island is an historic site, a place of remembrance and is a very important journey that must be made by all Africans. Not to accuse but to heal and reconcile people in the hope of building a world more harmonious and more respectful of human rights and solidarity with each other." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Tourists visit the ruins of Kunta Kinte island in the Gambia River, near Jufureh, Albreda, on the North bank of Gambia, July 19, 2019. Kunta Kinte island was one of the slavery shipping points and is now named after a Gambian man from Juffrey, who according to Alex Haley's book, 'Roots:The Saga of an American Family', was among 98 slaves who were shipped to the United States in 1767. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A fisherman works in his boat as he fishes behind a rusting cannon, beside Kunta Kinteh Island, in the Gambia River, near Jufureh, Albreda, Gambia. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Charity Butler Agyemang, a Ghananian tour guide looks on at the Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana, July 2019. Charity said: "I think the 'Year of Return' has really helped in the tourism industry because we have a lot of people coming from the diaspora and beyond to invest and tour." Cape Coast Castle was used as a slaving post from where slaves were bought and sold and then shipped to the U.S. and other countries. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A disused building is seen on the beach where thousands of slaves were shipped away from the historic slave port of Ouidah, Benin. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Villagers take part in a bathing ritual at the Bodo river in Kanga Nianze village, in Tiassale, that was built on a former slave route, Ivory Coast. Men and women captured in Ivory Coast and sold into slavery 400 years ago would take their final bath in the sacred River Bodo before the ship's journey to America. REUTERS/Luc Gnago Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A man uses a wheel barrow as he walks past a bas-relief of shackled slaves embedded on a plaque advertising the Mobee Royal Family Original Slave Relics Museum in Badagry, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A bas-relief of shackled slaves is embedded in the wall of the Seriki Abass Slave Museum in Badagry, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A man plays soccer on Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. Goree island, a UNESCO world heritage site, was used as a slave gathering point from where slaves were shipped west in the 1700s and 1800s. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Tourists walk away holding hands after visiting the Da-Silva slave museum in Porto-Novo, Benin. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A tourist takes a photograph of ruins on the Kunta Kinte island in the Gambia River, Jufureh near Albreda, on the north bank of Gambia. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


People steer canoes on a lagoon by the bridge near the historic slave port town Ouidah, Benin. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Nuns visit the male section of the 'Maison Des Esclaves' slaves house, a gathering point where slaves were shipped west in the 1700s and 1800s, at Goree Island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A sculpture based on the Brookes ship illustration depicting how slaves were transported in a slave ship is seen at the Da-Silva museum in Porto-Novo, Benin. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A man walks past a sign for the slave museum in Badagry, Nigeria. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


Tourists ride in a ferry towards Goree Island, a gathering point from where slaves were shipped west, off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST


A couple are seen walking away from the monument of 'Point of No Return' at the historic slave port of Ouidah, Benin. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Aug 21, 2019 12:15 AM IST

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