Melania Trump Visits Ex-Slave Holding Facility on Coast of Ghana

Oscar Cross
October 4, 2018

She later called her visit "a solemn reminder of a time in our history that should never be forgotten".

The former model did not make a speech but those who met her said afterwards that unlike her mysterious public image she was "warm" and "gentle" in the flesh.

"The dungeon is really something that people should see and experience". Originally a timber and gold trading outpost, the structure morphed into a "slave castle", one of about 40 or so similar outposts used by foreigners to trade and purchase slaves, taking them from West Africa and into lives of unwilling servitude.

Former President Barack Obama and his family toured the castle in 2009. USA lawmakers have come, too.

Trump and Akufo-Addo met at the U.N. General Assembly last week, where Mrs. Trump announced which countries she would visit on her Africa trip, her first major solo trip as first lady.

But just hours earlier, Mrs Trump was also pictured beaming widely on a well-received trip to the Ghanian capita of Accra.

Mrs. Trump kicked off her tour with a stop in Ghana where she had tea with Ghana's first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, at the country's presidential palace. As part of the tour, the first lady passed through the "door of no return", where the slaves boarded ships that would take them across the Atlantic to America. The White House donated several baskets of supplies for the little ones. He then granted her permission to visit Cape Coast Castle.

Melania Trump today [3rd October 2018], visited the Cape Coast Castle and described her experience as very "emotional". However, President Peter Mutharika is not coming back together with the First Lady.

She arrived Tuesday and toured a baby clinic. Obama had also been to the palace and his presence was documented there, too. A large banner with Trump's picture and the words "Awkwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast H.E Melania Trump" hung from a balcony on one of the buildings.

Mrs. Trump entered the hall following a procession of girls blowing horns.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II also said the fishermen and elders have been asked to look out for people who continue to defecate along the coast.

As the ceremony proceeded, the chief offered Trump a large tray full of kente cloths, handmade sandals and a handmade necklace and bracelet, which she stood to accept.

Mrs. Melania Trump has stops planned in Malawi, Kenya and Egypt for her solo worldwide tour in Africa.

Melania will also visit Malawi and Egypt.

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