It was essential to learn some of the history regarding the country we were visiting. Some of excursions included Assin Manso, Elmina and Cape Coast slave castles, W.E.B Dubois museum, The Ghana museum, Black Star Monument, and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum. All of these sights were very significant to the history of Ghana and i will briefly explain them.
Assin Manso is where slaves stopped and had their “last baths” before arriving at the slave castles. This place was very significant because the river still exist today and we were provided the opportunity to see and place our feet in the exact place that ancestors experienced their last bath. It was a very sentimental moment and provided a moment to really express my gratitude for all the people that payed the price for my freedom today. We also visited both Elmina and Cape Coasts slave castles. This is always a memorable experience because this is where my ancestors experienced their last moments in Africa. These castles are where the ships transported the slaves to different parts of the world and they never saw their homes again.
The W.E.B Dubois museum was very informal because i had mostly learned the things he accomplished for Civll Rights in the United Stats. Ghana brought a different perspective by acknowledging the advancements he made for there country as well. He also was buried in Ghana, so we were able to visit his home and grave site.
The Ghana Museum really displayed the Ghanian culture. This included traditional clothes, foods, dances. It also displayed the different tribes and the symbols associated with them. It explained the significance of the chiefs and Queen Mothers. It overall provided a summary of life in Ghana.
Lastly the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum was signifcant because it had relations with our very own faculty program director Dr. Ulzen. He actually acted as our personal tour guide because his father worked directly under Kwame Nkrumah. We learned that he was the first president of Ghana and he actually died in exile. His final resting place was in Ghana at this site that we were visiting.