During the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the Assin Manso Ancestral Slave River [also known as Nnonkonsuo or Donkor Nsuo (singular)] was one of the slave marketplaces for gathering indigenes. It is forty (40) kilometers along the Cape Coast-Kumasi highway in Ghana's Central Region.
It was the last stop on the slave trade route from Northern Ghana. Slaves took their last wash on African land at the Assin Manso Slave River Site before being marched down to the slave fortresses of Elmina and Cape Coast along the coast.
The place was referred to as the "big depot" through which the Asantes moved slaves to the shore, and it also served as one of the largest slave markets in the eighteenth century. Slaves were fed and rested for several days or weeks here.
In 1998, the reburial of two slave ancestors (one from Jamaica, the other from the United States) as part of an Emancipation Day ceremony re-inscribed Assin Manso onto the map of African-diasporic historical imagination.
The Assin Manso Slave River Site has gained in popularity in recent years as a result of the Ghana Tourism Authority's Year of Return initiative, which is run under the auspices of the Ghanaian government.
An Ancestral Graveyard (the Memorial Wall of Return) can be seen at the location, where most Africans sign their names as a manner of indicating the finding of their roots.
Tourists take off their shoes and go barefoot down a path to a muddy river that runs through a bamboo forest, where they place their hands in the water and say prayers in gratitude for the chance to return.
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