“We arrive at the place where, we are told, captured African women, children, and men were given their final bath before being taken to the dungeons ... the bathing was part of the whole marketing process by which people were sold like any other trade goods. Deals were made. People's names were taken away .... I walk through one last archway, which says 'Last Bath,' and head down a set of steps to the river.”
— Inheriting the Trade
These are photographs taken in Ghana, during the second phase of the family's journey to retrace the route of the "triangle trade." The Ghanaian coast is dotted with old slave forts and trading posts, where rum and other goods were traded for slaves from inland.
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Castle of St. George, Elmina, Ghana
Cape Coast Castle
Fishing in Cape Coast
Hector and Tom at W.E.B. Dubois Center in Accra
Ledlie with students from St. Monica's School, Cape Coast
Donkor Nsuo River, Assin Manso, Ghana
Eric Manu and Tom DeWolf
Elizabeth at Door of No Return, Elmina Castle
Holly, Jim, and Elly speak with Professor Kofi Anyidoho at Cape Coast Castle
Drummers march in Grand Durbar of Chiefs, Cape Coast
Inheriting the Trade, by Thomas Norman DeWolf, is published by Beacon Press. Copyright 2007.