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“Rich in History” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Maison des Esclaves

La Maison des Esclaves
Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Dakar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.
Entebbe, Uganda
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“Rich in History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The island is very beautiful with a lot of tourists and people swimming in the ocean. I enjoyed watching the painters and artists making pieces using just sand and a few paint strokes. That was the highlight for me. The slave history is very sad but educative. To see that the island has nearly been kept in its original shape since then was pretty amazing.

Visited September 2013
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Dakar, Dakar, Senegal
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“Great day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It's a short jaunt via ferry to get to the island where you can readily find guides looking to show you around. It's a charming little island, no cars, plenty of restaurants and little shops. The water on the small beach is clear and lovely (when there's not trash). The architecture is beautiful and there are plenty of photo ops. Many people will follow you around and try to sell you things, make sure to barter way down. And remember this is a well known tourist destination and I did see one man try to scam some tourists, so just keep your eyes open. It's definitely worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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“Such an important historical place, tribute missing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

A trip to Goree is a requisite for anybody either living in or visiting Dakar. A gorgeous island to take in, but a trip to the Maison des Esclaves is a must to honor and pay tribute to those who suffered and lost their lives because of crimes against humanity. While the "maison" is well kept and the guide was excellent, the museum lacks a memorial or a way to connect as a means to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives or who suffered under slavery. The "point of no return" is a scar on our collective past, and while a memorial can't bring people back or erase the gravity of the past, the museum does not do nearly enough to honor the dead or those enslaved.

Visited September 2013
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“Memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Should be seen by all visitors to Dakar. IT makes you think of slave trade and question several things in colonial era.

Visited August 2013
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“Man's inhumanity to his fellow man.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

After about a half hour trip aboard the ferry boat, we walked through the artist/craft village to the pink slave "Castle" with it's door of no return and dark dungeons. The ongoing life and the colorful buildings of the village were such a contrast to the sad history of the place. Standing in "the door of no return" and looking out to sea, one can only imagine what those poor people were thinking as they realized that they would never return to their homes and families again. The castle brings a whole new meaning to the term "upstairs - downstairs" How anyone could live a life of luxury upstairs while so many people were living a horrible life of want and fear crammed in the dungeons downstairs is beyond me. It is one of the greatest examples of man's inhumanity to his fellow man I have ever been a witness too.

Visited April 2013
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