One of my friends here posted these images of the Maison des Esclaves built in 1776 in Dakar, Senegal: a building where humans were kept before they were ushered out through the doorway you see here that opens onto the sea, which he says is called the Door of No Return. I can’t get them out of my head. On the plane, I read Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, which is about eight generations beginning in Ghana’s 18th century (yes, a lot to follow); the book describes Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle, and I’d imagined it darker and more English in its architecture until Iaroslav posted these pictures that describe the dungeons and the “door” in mockingly bright colors. Now I’ve looked it up to compare and it’s indeed similar, though the Cape Coast version is whitewashed. Today, apparently in the Cape Coast Castle stands a shrine to Nana Tabir, the rock god, which is maintained by a local traditional priest. The Senegalese Maison also has a memorial statue, which you can see in these pics. Sometimes I think architectures and landscapes are more “photographic” than are photographs; they hold memories differently.