The main inlet for air (the door would've been closed) in the mens dungeon at Elmina Castle
The Officers cell was were disobedient officers and soldiers were sent as punishment.
Women who had refused the sexual advances of their captors were chained to this ball in the main courtyard outside the women's dungeon in the sun with no water or food.
This chamber (recently renovated) was where slaves were bought and sold to various merchants
A beachcomber walks the rocks in search of shellfish below the main parapet of Cape Coast Castle
The Condemned Cell was guarded and locked by 3 heavily fortified doors. Once all closed, they effectively cut off air supply to the Cell. Apparently the main cause of death was asphyxiation.
The lighting provided here is modern: no light was available when the cell was in use.
Condemned slaves sent to the Cell to die would scratch the walls in desperation. Similar scratchings have apparently been found in the walls of the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
The room is incredibly claustophobic, with no windows at all. Access is gained through 3 consecutive and heavily fortified doors.
Our guide here stands by the door of the Cell where condemned slaves who had attempted to escape or committed some other 'crime' were sent to die.
Men were marched from the main dungeon below the chapel along a 200ft corridor which ran underneath the main sea-facing buttress of the castle to join the women at the Door of No Return. To ensure they kept moving and didn't stall, various checkpoint port-holes were installed so that guards could monitor them from the level of the inner quad above.
Whilst the governors and priests of the castle were buried in dignified graves inside the castle's inner quad, any slaves who died either from malnutrition, disease or in the condemned chambers were thrown onto these rocks for the gulls and fish.
One of the 3 chambers of the mens dungeon of Cape Coast Castle. The line down the floor was the sewerage system.
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