Beverly Bond reports on trip to Ghana
From 11 July through 3 August, Dr Beverly Bond and Dr Dennis Laumann and nine students were in Ghana. Here is Dr Bond's report on the trip:
Our first two weeks were spent in Accra based at the University of Ghana Legon.
The students were housed in the Institute of African Studies Chalets (where they experienced a few little problems with hot water, lights and air conditioning), but Dennis and I stayed at a guest house on the campus. Our group listened to lectures by University of Ghana faculty members on culture, family and social structure, slavery and the slave trade, colonialism and the independence struggle, religion, funerals and festivals, music, and gender. Our local tours of Accra included the central market (and several smaller neighborhood marketplaces), a newly-constructed shopping mall in the East Legon neighborhood, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial and Museum, the W.E.B. DuBois House and Mauseleum, and the beautiful Aburi Botanical Gardens.
We also visited the homes and shops of local artisans, seamstresses, hair braiders, and a cloth weavers.
The most moving part of the trip was our tour of the slave castles of Elmina and Cape Coast.
Our final "challenge" was the "canopy" walk - crossing seven narrow suspension bridges high above the rainforest. We could look down and see the monkeys swinging in the trees. I purchased and can proudly wear my "I survived the Canopy Walk" tee shirt.
I spent a week in Memphis after I returned from Ghana, then went to Massachusetts for a short visit. I'll send more pictures of that trip later.