The haunting interior of the Elmina slave castle here in Ghana is a porthole 500 years into the past. It stands empty today but once contained hundreds of bodies stuffed inside 10-by-13-foot cells, shackled at the wrists and ankles. For more than 400 years, millions of Africans were pushed through the forbidding “door of no return” and shipped from places like this to the Americas. A new project in Ghana, however, is now beckoning their scattered descendants back home.
In August, the Joseph Project held a momentous healing ceremony that saw leaders of African tribes asking forgiveness for their part in the slave trade and emphasizing a need for closure and unity among all Blacks. “The spirit of our ancestors are not developed because of the disconnect between people in the Diaspora,” Katstriku says, referring to the belief that ancestral spirits cannot find peace if they have unfinished business. “It doesn’t matter where you are. Whether you’ve made your home in the U.K. or the U.S., you still have the blood of Africa in you.” Continue reading Source