PHILADELPHIA, September 18, 2018
- As the nation prepares for the 400th anniversary
in 2019 of the first documented arrival of slaves in Virginia, a Philadelphia
travel agency has organized an historic trip, retracing the steps of
history in Ghana, the birthplace of so many Americans of African descent.
founder and president of Palace
Travel, says this once-in-a-lifetime trip is above and beyond the
typical trips he plans for those who visit Africa. The “Historic Return
of the African Diaspora” tour will take place August 5 to August 14,
2019. It is billed as an opportunity to draw the world’s attention this
symbolic moment of the long history of African enslavement.
“We have been taking travelers to
Africa for nearly 30 years,” Murray said. “This trip is going to be very
special. Look, it’s not every day that a 400-year anniversary comes around!
This is a trip where you will get a chance to know more about your ancestry –
where you came from and the importance of Ghana’s rich culture and history.”
What makes this trip unique is
that it will take travelers along the slave route from capture to storage at
Cape Coast Slave dungeon now referred to as Slave Castles. Also included will
be atonement ceremonies. There will be wreath-laying and tributes to Pan
African pioneers, including Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and Marcus
Mosiah Garvey. Diaspora participants will meet with chiefs and elders and
will be addressed by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Noted historians and local
experts will take visitors on tours of W.E.B. DuBois’ former home and cultural
visits to the Ashanti Kingdom where the groups will
be specially welcomed by the Ashanti King. One of the more emotional
legs of the trip will take travelers to Cape Coast Castle, known for the
infamous “The Door of No Return” through which millions passed on the way to
slavery. This is where travelers will be guest of the Paramount Chief of
Elmina, Nana Kojo Conduah IV. The day will be capped off with the traditional
Fihankra Ceremony –where Returnees will participate in a traditional Naming
Ceremony and receive their certificates of authentication.
“So many people nowadays are
doing their ancestry research,” said Murray whose agency has organized trips to
Africa for corporations, churches and educational institutions. “What we’re
hoping to accomplish with this trip is to help connect some of the dots of
their past to help people realize the roots of our history over 400 years.”
For more information about the
trip, go to PalaceTravel.com (https://www.palacetravel.com/african-tours/return-african-diaspora-ghana/). Travel agents interested in
receiving a commission for booking passengers on this trip, should contact the
agency at firstname.lastname@example.org For interviews with Mr.
Murray, contact Neil Foote, Foote Communications, email@example.com, 214.448.3765.