'Emotional' Melania visits former slave trading castle in Ghana

Melania visited a 17th Century castle that was used to house slaves in Ghana on Wednesday as her solo tour of Africa continued. 

The First Lady said she was 'very emotional' during her visit to Cape Coast Castle and described it as something she would 'never forget'.  

The castle is one of dozens scattered along Africa's Gold Coast which was originally built by European traders but then used to house slaves in dungeons before shipping them overseas.  

They are characterized by what was referred to as a 'door of no return' - an archway on the seaboard side of the castle which slaves were forced to walk through to be lowered onto boats and taken to cargo ships.  

First Lady Melania Trump hugs a young member of the Fante tribe as she arrives at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, a former slave trading outpost, on Wednesday morning 

First Lady Melania hugs a young member of the Fante tribe as she arrives at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, a former slave trading outpost, on Wednesday morning 

First Lady Melania Trump visits the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Ghana on Wednesday as her solo tour of Africa continues 

First Lady Melania visits the Cape Coast Castle, a former slave trading fort, in Ghana on Wednesday as her solo tour of Africa continues 

The coastal castle is one of dozens that was used along West Africa's Gold Coast to house and then trade slaves across the Atlantic in the 1800s 

The coastal castle is one of dozens that was used along West Africa's Gold Coast to house and then trade slaves across the Atlantic in the 1800s 

The First Lady spent an hour at the castle on Wednesday. For 10 minutes, she stood in what was used as a cramped dungeon to keep male slaves before they were ferried over the Atlantic.

President Obama visited the site in 2009 and said it was an example of the evil humans are capable of.

Melania, who has so far spent her time in Africa visiting children in schools and hospital patients, said the castle is 'really something that people should see and experience.' 

She added that it was a 'special place'. 

The First Lady was suitably dressed down for her tour in a pair of khaki slacks, a $595 Veronica Beard military jacket and some Zara faux snakeskin loafers. 

The First Lady was given a tour by museum educator Kwesi Essel-Blankson. She described the visit as 'very emotional' 

The First Lady was given a tour by museum educator Kwesi Essel-Blankson. She described the visit as 'very emotional' 

The museum director points out a grave in the courtyard of the castle as the pair continue their tour 

The museum director points out a grave in the

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