Melania Trump visits ex-slave holding facility in Ghana

04 October, 2018, 14:55 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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"My visit to Cape Coast castle was a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten".

It was a somber second day in Africa for first lady Melania Trump as she toured a castle in Ghana that was once used for trading slaves.

The US first lady stepped off an overnight flight from Andrews Airforce Base near Washington and onto a red carpet at Accra's Kotoka International Airport.

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump laid a wreath at a 17th-century slave fortress in Ghana on Wednesday, vowing never to forget where Africans were held before being shipped away into further hardship, most across the Atlantic.

She was also seen wearing a pair of her favorite Manolo Blahnik heels first thing in the morning - however she changed out of the sky high pumps and into the low-cost flats by the time she reached the 17th Century castle, no doubt in order to ensure she could enjoy the walking tour without worrying about her feet.

The castle, now a museum, is one of about 40 former slave warehouses along the Ghana coast that are still standing.

"Day two in #Ghana was so impactful", she wrote.

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She said she was happy to be at the Palace and to see to the Cape Coast Castle.

Before proceeding to the slave castle, she visited the palace of the head chief of the area and obtained royal approval to visit the fortress after USA officials presented a gift of drinks to the chiefs.

It will also "showcase" the work of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), even at a time when her husband's government is looking to slash US aid across the world. They spent about 10 minutes inside the mostly dark, cramped holding area before the first lady walked down a pathway that led to the Door of No Return. USA lawmakers have come, too.

The White House reporter for Bloomberg, Jennifer Jacobs who is part of Melania Trump's team reports a taboo at Emintsimadze Palace in Cape Coast came to an end during Mrs Trump's visit to the palace. Obama had also been to the palace and his presence was documented there, too.

The ceremony took place in Obama Hall at the Emintsimadze Palace, which was renamed in Obama's honor after his visit in 2009.

Mr Duncan then ushered her into the hall to greet Osabarima Kwesi Atta and his chiefs. She was escorted to a high-backed chair alongside Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, chieftain of the Fante tribe, before an audience of fellow tribe members, U.S. Embassy staff and journalists. Do you have a story to share with us? She accepted a ceremonial tray of kente cloths as a gift.

On Wednesday, Trump departs Ghana, continuing her solo tour of Africa - next stops include Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.



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