Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Goree Island
















Goree Island is off the Southern tip of Dakar and it was one of the biggest slave trading spots in Africa. Because it is so far west, 20 million slaves were routed through this island that is less than 1 square mile. The slave trade here lasted over 300 years. The island is beautiful and idyllic and haunting. I was especially impacted and will tell the stories later. The doorway in the above photo is called the Port of No Return in the Maison des Esclaves because it would be the door that the slaves stepped through to get on the boats that would take them away from Africa forever.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful pictures and descriptions. I think about you every day and hope you are getting rest. I will find a way to send you chocolate, somehow, some day, so fear not!! Love ya way more than you know! Hugs, Mom

Anonymous said...

Wow...what an island with a sad history...it will keep us mindful to love others ... regardless of where they come from. Dad

autumn brooke said...

wow that pic is haunting.

michelle said...

Love your posts and look forward to each new one. We are praying for you all of the time. Hope you are feeling better soon! Much Love - Shelly