MAY 27 :: VISIT GOREE ISLAND
SMU Men's Basketball Visits Goree Island, Then Falls By Five To Senegalese National Team
The Mustangs visited Goree Island, also know for the Door of No Return, where slaves were housed before traveling to the Americas. Below are links to a couple news pieces written about the history of the island.
The Mustangs then faced the Senegalese National Team at Marius N'Diaye Stadium. The game was played with international rules, which will be the same for the other three games during the trip. SMU lost by five to a well-respected national squad. The Senegalese National Team, with Bamba Fall as a member, finished ninth in the 2007 African Games.
Wednesday is the team trip to St. Louis, Senegal. That is the hometown of Bamba Fall and Papa Dia. Thursday is game two of the trip as the Mustangs face SEEDS Academy, which Dia and Mouhammad Faye attended while living in Dakar.
The team and its trip to Africa is featured Wednesday's Dallas Morning News. Here is the link in case you missed it.
Blog - May 27
Today we took a ferry to Goree Island. It was a sight to see. It reminded Kelly and me a little of Charleston, SC with the old architecture and the light colored buildings. Goree is best known for the housing of slaves before they were shipped off to the Americas. We toured the holding cells where they would split up families, putting the men in one cell, the mothers in another, the children in yet another split up by sex. Imagine that horror when you had your family ripped apart, knowing you would never see them again.
History came to life as we got to see, first hand, the cold, harsh reality of an ugly past. To walk into cells that housed men, women and children before they were dealt for guns, wine or sugar....families split up and having their names stripped from them only to be given a number.....then they are given the name of their "masters" on the other side of the ocean. Africans were the slave of choice because they were big and strong, plus the average life of an African slave lasted about seven years, longer than other types of slaves.
The most dramatic sight was the "Door of No Return". This is where the slaves left the building, left Africa, to board the ships. You could see forever on the ocean's horizon. Imagine what went through the minds of the men and women who walked out that door preparing to board a ship that would take them to the far away places of South America, North America and Cuba?
This is a history no one is proud of, not America, nor Africa.
Tomorrow is another day....off to St. Louis for the day to see the home town of Bamba and Papa.