Travel Photography Photos tagged as slaves
Contrasted to the Officers Cell next door, the Condemned Slaves cell had no windows and had a solid wood and steel door. Whilst not as air tight as the Condemned Slaves cell at Cape Coast, most slaves here died of starvation and dehydration. No one left this cell alive.
The Officers Cell had a barred gate and windows. Soldiers were sent here for a few days for transgressions such as breaking curfew or getting too drunk. No one is recorded to have died inside the Officers Cell.
Unlike it's counterpart at Cape Coast Castle, the Door of No Return at Elmina remains the same size that it was when first designed. It is approximately 1 foot wide and 4 feet high, forcing the slaves into single file and stooped as they exited the castle into the bright daylight beyond (This would've temporarily blinded them as they wouldn't have seen full sunlight for a few months). Someone half blind and on their knees is much easier to herd into a boat.
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.
An iron brand such as this one would be used by anyone who had purchased themselves a new slave to ensure that their 'property' was marked.
These shackles are more typical of the type used to move slaves overland, chained together by the neck.
This chamber (recently renovated) was where slaves were bought and sold to various merchants
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.