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Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal past

By AFP
14 Aug 2020   |   11:11 am   |  
As Western cities see statues of slaveholders and colonialists toppled, Benin's coastal town of Ouidah is going the other way, by restoring monuments from the slave trade era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, European slavers held more than one million African men, women and children in Ouidah's Portuguese Fort before shipping them across the Atlantic in abominable conditions.


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