Elmina Castle, first constructed by the Portuguese in 1482, was a hub of the transatlantic slave trade in West Africa. The Dutch seized it in 1637, and then the British captured it in 1872. Now a monument and museum, this Ghanaian landmark has an intensely emotional story to tell. While studying abroad at NYU Accra (one of NYU’s global academic locations), students have the opportunity to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. Watch the video to hear them reflect on their experience.

This video was produced by our friends at NYU Global Notebook. For more on all things related to study abroad, give them a read.

Cat has been telling NYU stories for nearly 10 years with NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications and is constantly inspired by what the people of this community make real. She’s also a proud alum of the NYU MFA program in creative writing, and runs a literary magazine in her free time. When she needs to get away from words, she does work in her neighborhood gardens and parks.