House of slaves in Togo


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Édoé Mensah Assiakoley, custodian of the Wood Home, dreams of turning it into a world-class museum and memorial to West African victims of the slave trade.

When Rev. Éloi Gunn was growing up in Agbodrafo, Togo, he and his brothers, sisters and cousins loved to play in their grandparents’ basement. It was the perfect hiding place, accessible through a trapdoor in the living room floor, with a ceiling so low that no adult could stand up straight. It never occurred to them to ask why the trapdoor and the basement were there.