El Mina Castle
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Courtyard Entrance, to the left Male Dungeons
Door of No Return
The very last threshold slaves would cross in Ghana before traveling to the New
In order to be successful in the future one must be aware of the past, in doing
this it will prevent making the same mistakes in the future. Visiting Cape Coast
and El Mina Castle was just a stepping stone to remembering the past and realizing
how far humanity has come. Walking down the very halls into the cells and dungeons
where many of our ancestors spent their last days in their homeland was astonishing.
Darkness and an indistinguishable smell of bodies and ammonia filled the cells and
dungeons. The presences of these rooms were eerie and cannot be forgotten by anyone
who experiences them. As the tour guide describes the previous setup and conditions
the slaves faced, it forces one to relive the past through literature, stories,
and movies. Even these forms of interpreting and depicting slavery are ways of remembering
the past and helping with the future.
Markings symbolize where the chains and shackles were placed on the walls
Rooms built to fit 300 to 400 men with little ventilation and light
There is no romanticism about the slave castles and as bad as the past may hurt
at times it cannot be forgotten or ignored. In visiting these two castles, one can
and will identify and connect with a piece of information provided from the tour
guide, dungeon in the castle, or one of the exhibits in Cape Coast Castle’s Museum.
Wherever the connection is made the individual will hold on to that moment and share
it with others, which in return will give them insight and secure a brighter future.