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August 19, 2019

Steve Harvey Gets Emotional While Visiting Ghana Slave Trade Castle

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Steve Harvey was brought to tears after visiting a slave trade site in Ghana, where many of his fellow Africans were brutalized and tortured for years. 

The Harvey family went to the Elmina Castle in Cape Coast last Friday, where they were given a firsthand look of the horrible trading post that the Portuguese set up on the land in the 1400s. 

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The Elmina Castle was one of the main "trade centers" in the early European slave trade, and when Steve was told about the inhumane conditions his fellow Africans had to live in, he had to sit down and cry. In fact, it wasn't just a soft cry for him, he was weeping as he could not bear to imagine the pain. 

The Horrible Conditions at the Elmina Castle

Narrators shared to Steve and the rest of his family that Africans were caged in tiny spaces throughout the castle without windows for fresh air, not even light. They were also shown the whips, shackles, and other equipment they would use on the slaves before they were taken away by boat. 

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Scarred by what he saw, Steve made sure to take videos and photos in the place, to remind him of his roots. In his caption, he shared: 

"This was real pain I felt going back to Ghana's slave castles... I could feel my ancestors on me... Pwerful beyond words that I can explain. I encourage as many of you as possible to go HOME for your ancestors. Their strength is in each of us and we must honor their ultimate sacrifice in all that we do." 

Modern Slavery Victims

While the slave trade ended centuries ago, many Africans are still being held captive in slave-like conditions around the world. In fact, recently, a Guinean president's own son and his wife have been found guilty of enslaving an African woman for 16 years and are now facing up to two decades in prison. 

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Mohamad Toure, the son of Guinea's first president Ahmed Sekou Toure, and his wife Denise Cros-Toure were convicted of forced labor of a woman for almost two decades, and they are now facing long jail time. 

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The couple took the woman when she was only five years old back in 2000. When the woman's mother tried to hide her daughter when she found out she was being taken, they still found her and took her anyway. 

They took the African woman with them to Texas where she did all sorts of housework for them. She was not put to school nor was she ever compensated for all the work she's done through the years. 

It was only in 2016 that the case came to light when the woman escaped with the help of her neighbors. 

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