Photos: Kunta Kinteh Island

Here are some photos from the tour Nora and I took of Kunta Kinteh Island. It is an important site in the history of West African slave trade. Captives were kept on the island, formerly known as James Island, for up to 15 days before boarding the ships to the Americas. Alex Haley, author of Roots, tracked his ancestry back to The Gambia where his relative Kunta Kinteh was sold into slavery from this post. The dismal history is set against the beautiful backdrop of The Gambia River, making the tour enjoyable despite the heavy topic.

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–JDF