After visiting the Cape Coast and Elmina slave castles, I heard multiple people ask how a place so beautiful could have such a dark history. I can say with confidence that it is likely that this visit weighed on every person in our groups’ heart, to some extent. It is such an important part of history though, and I am grateful that we were able to see about the extreme conditions that the enslaved Africans had to deal with firsthand, because we do not get that in American history classes.
“I feel left at shore, right at the cursed spot where our black bodies dissolved into the blue nothingness of the ocean. Where waves conduct the symphonies of the stories that drowned untold. They slave me to carry them home in my palms, bury them in the gaps on our family trees.” -Hakeem Adam (Seaside Meditation, a poem on the wall at Elmina Castle)