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Elmina Castle

Saturday, November 6

The hotel is beautiful but there is a feeling of foreboding as you look out over the beautiful ocean and see Elmina Castle sitting high and imposing across the channel-white stucco, copper tiles.
As I entered, the feeling of anxiety was overwhelming. Our guide took us directly to the cell with the skull and crossbones which is where the incorrigible prisoners were taken. Once in-you were only allowed out when you died. No food, no water. Bodies were slid out through a small opening in the door. We were put in the cell and the door closed. I could feel in a very personal way what had happened here. I became so emotional and began to sob. Next, we entered the womens' holding cell. The smell of death and destruction of thousands of lives is still there. Far up the walls, there is still evidence of claw marks, blood and the screams of dismay that must have accompanied them. We walked through the very doors that the men and women were led through to board the ships. Over 8 million souls went through, 4 million died at the castle, and another 2 million at sea. Most of these souls landed at Sullivan's Island.
My heart was physically hurting and felt it would break. I went out to the top of the castle and had a good cry. Not so long ago-only a few generations ago-this tragedy happened.
This was all BEFORE the Africans arrived in America.
Anyone that harbors even a remote feeling of prejudice should see this castle. You will go back a changed person.

Posted by kemsmith 06:43

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