Melania Trump 'emotional' after visit to slave dungeons in Ghana


Melania Trump spent her second day in Ghana touring a former slave outpost and learning about some of the country's tragic past, as part of her first solo trip overseas as first lady.

Melania did make one change to the look however; having chosen to pop the collar of the jacket for her visit to the military base past year, the first lady opted to wear it down in a more conservative style while touring the castle. "Their efforts aim to increase access to education, and work to ensure all children acquire the skills needed to succeed in school and life", she said.

"The dungeon is really something that people should see and experience".

The Cape Coast Castle is where Africans were kept naked and chained as they were held before being placed on the ships.

All four countries the first lady is slated to visit will receive funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

In addition to Ghana, she is due to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt before returning to Washington early on October 7.

The two stood on an upper level before descending a staircase to walk along a stone path as waves crashed below.

The first lady also spent some time asking questions of the museum director, Kwesi Essel-Blankson.

Mrs Trump is in Ghana for a two-day visit.

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The first lady told the press her own visit to Cape Coast Castle was a memorable experience.

She added that it was a "special place".

The first lady's visit was a lower-key affair than Obama's visit as the first black USA president, and reminders of his visit with wife Michelle were prominent. A plaque at the Ghana fortress commemorates Obama's visit.

While a ceremonial ritual of expected protocol more than an official governmental procedure, the first lady was respectful of the tradition, and agreed to join the chieftain of the regional Fante tribe and his court at Emintsimadze Palace, a white-washed, open-air compound. Obama had also been to the palace and his presence was documented there, too.

The ceremony took place in Obama hall at the Emintsimadze Palace, a hall that was renamed in Obama's honour after his visit to the area in 2009. A large photo of Obama greeting the chiefs hangs in the lobby.

As Trump entered the chief's permission ceremony, which last approximately 15 minutes, she was greeted by a seven-year-old girl in native dress who handed her a bouquet of flowers.

Later in the afternoon, she had tea at the Jubilee House and met with staff of the American Embassy in Ghana.

He called her "Your Excellency", and said: "We welcome you to Cape Coast and hope your short stay will be a memorable one". She accepted a ceremonial tray of kente cloths as a gift. She passed out teddy bears and baby blankets as she spoke with children and held infants.