At Cape Coast Castle on the shores of the Ghanaian city, a sordid history belies its beauty. The castle overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a former slave-trade outpost, is home to the so-called “Door of No Return,” through which millions of Africans were forced onto slave ships bound for the United States
Door Of No Return, Slave Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana. This signifies the return of the slaves descendants to Ghana to acknowledge the history of their ancestors and each year Ghana celebrates Emancipation Day which welcomes the people from the Diaspora back to their homeland.
Some descendants of enslaved people are returning to Ghana, which has declared the “Year of Return.” It’s an emotional moment, with Africans and African Americans coming at it from different perspectives, and with different hopes.
Many African Americans visiting Ghana are trying to reconnect with their family history and culture from before the slave trade. At the same time, some Ghanaians are attempting to reconcile with people from the African diaspora. Representatives of ethnic groups that participated in the slave trade have recently apologized.