Monday, May 2, 2011

Zanzibar - Stone Town's Slave Market

If I were to choose one highlight of my time in Tanzania, it would have to be visiting the Former Slave Market in Stone Town.  It was one of those things you need to see.

The Anglican Church built on the site of the Slave Market.  Kind of ironic that the Anglican Church represented freedom for Blacks in Zanzibar.

School built by the British

The Church

Slave Memorial built on the same spot as the former auction block

The faces were so real they were haunting

The Slave Chamber.  It was built in such a way that the Trade was literally underground.

Going to the Chamber

I'm not the tallest man in the world, but I could barely stand up straight in this room.  About 75 men were chained lying down on the platform with only the two air holes to breathe, while sea water and waste reached near drowning levels.

Imagine lying in this room with 74 other people for days on end with no food, no water, and sleeping in your own and other people's waste.

Salum showing how Slaves were chained together

An actual photo of Freed Slaves