Category: Ghana

Labaranga Mosque, Elmina Castle and Other Historical Buildings in Ghana; Richmond Setrana; YEN

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The Labaranga Mosque, Elmina Castle and other historical buildings in Ghana speak of the country’s strong history and culture which can evoke strong emotions among Ghanaians.

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An Israeli novelist who dares to write about Africa’s slave trade and Jews; Gili Izikovich; Haaretz

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UNESCO advocates protection of ATBs listed as World Heritage site; Ghana Business News

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has encouraged Ghana to develop and submit a proposal for international assistance to create a conservation and management plan for the Asante Traditional Buildings (ATBs). Currently, the Buildings, listed as one of the World Heritage sites, have become vulnerable to climatic conditions and their preservation poses a challenge, according to the Organization.

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Best things to see and do in Ghana; Kate Eshelby; CNN


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Ghana field school immerses students in ancient forts—and the legacies of slavery; Bob Marcotte; University of Rochester

Rochester undergraduates work to analyze and preserve forts along the coast of Ghana, while exploring the cultural context of the structures they study.

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10 places to visit in Ghana that aren’t Accra; Braperucci.com

August 2019 will officially mark 400 years of the start of the Transatlantic slave trade, an act which crippled African nations and dispelled black people into the Caribbean, West Indies and America.

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What a Danish slave trade castle in Accra revealed about Ghana’s history and my family; Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann; Quartz Africa

Our work challenges traditional historical interpretations of the transatlantic slave trade based on European colonial written accounts.

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Inside Ghana’s Elmina Castle is a haunting reminder of its grim past; Michelle Cohan; CNN

Across Africa, from the north of the Sahara to the West African coast sit many relics of the continent’s early interactions with Europe.

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Bearing witness to slavery: A sculpture’s trans-Atlantic passage from Ghana to Alabama; Linda Matchan; The Boston Globe

Ghana – Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

A sculpture’s trans-Atlantic passage from Ghana to Alabama

When the e-mail came from Alabama, Ghanaian sculptor Kwame Akoto-Bamfo was furiously preparing for an ambitious installation at Cape Coast Castle. The so-called “slave castle” on the Ghanaian coastline was where enslaved Africans were held captive in underground dungeons in the weeks before their trans-Atlantic migration to the New World, and a life of servitude — and worse.

It’s now a living monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Akoto-Bamfo was in the midst of sculpting 1,300 heads, cast in concrete, representing the multitude of Africans who were imprisoned there.

Now, out of the blue came a random e-mail from a place in Montgomery, Ala., called the Equal Justice Initiative. It was puzzling. Not only had he never been to the United States, but he’d barely ever been outside of Ghana. “Except Togo,” he said in an interview. “Maybe Burkino.”

The e-mail came from the office of Bryan Stevenson, the prominent civil rights attorney and the organization’s founder.

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Asante Kingdom Sites Of Ghana; WorldAtlas.com

UNESCO inscribed these traditional Asante buildings near Kumasi on the World Heritage Site list in 1980.

UNESCO inscribed these traditional Asante buildings near Kumasi as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1980. Parallel to Ghana’s growing economy is the construction of buildings using modern and western architectural influences. In an urbanization context, the traditional structures of the Asante Kingdom serve as witnesses to Ghana’s architectural heritage. The buildings were built with locally available materials, namely clay, wood, and straws and embellished with gorgeous and unique decorations.

5. Description and History –

Kumasi served as the capital of the prosperous Ashanti empire, which at its zenith in the 18th century, was one of the most wealthy and powerful empires in Africa. The empire’s decline commenced with the arrival of the British in 1806 when most of the kingdom’s buildings were destroyed.

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Ghana’s Historic Coastal Forts And Castles; WorldAtlas.com

19 forts, 3 castles, and several other sites important to Portuguese Atlantic trade in the 15th through 18th Centuries have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

5. Description and History –

The historic forts and castles along the coast of Ghana are the remains of sites that acted as protected trading-posts that were built over a three hundred year period between 1482 and 1786. These castles and forts were mostly built by the Portuguese and at times occupied by traders from Britain, German, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. These forts and castles were originally built by the Portuguese to link together their trade routes during the Age of Discovery and the rise of the Portuguese Empire.

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