Speaker of the United States of America House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has called the inhumane Trans-Atlantic slave trade a blot on the history of mankind and reminded all and sundry of the harm and pain the practice caused Africans, declaring that this should never happen again.
The leader of the US congress said this during a speech in Ghana’s Parliament house on Wednesday, 31st July 2019 after she had visited the Assin Manso slave market in the Central region of Ghana two days earlier.
Speaking in House, she revealed her visit to the famous slave market where slaves were openly sold to European traders as well as a visit to the iconic Cape Coast castle and Elmina Castle, all in the central region.
Nancy Pelosi expressed her satisfaction to have finally visited these historical sites to learn more about the infamous trade which in her own words described as a “blot on human history and must never be repeated.”
The Assin Manso slave market was a popular commercial grounds during the late 1800s and early 1900s when the slave trade was at its peak. The market was situated directly on the route to the coast where the slaves were kept and shipped to Europe and the Americas hence became an important market for buying slaves. Near the market is a small river nicknamed the Slave River where captured slaves had their baths before being sold off to the slave traders.
Nancy Pelosi visited these sites with the Black caucus in the US in the House, who had made the trip to Ghana with her.