Melania Trump Visits Ex-Slave Holding Facility on Coast of Ghana

Mrs Trump and Rebecca Akufo-Addo the First

Mrs Trump arrived in Ghana, on Tuesday, the first stop of her four-nation African tour, as part of her "Be Best" Campaign.

Earlier the first lady visited Emintsimadze Palace for a formal welcoming ceremony.

Trump also spent about 10 minutes inside the dungeons where slaves were held before walking through the "Door of No Return" to be taken across the Atlantic Ocean.

"Issues to do with the welfare of children will take centre stage since the two first ladies have similar interests and passion for children", said Juma.

On her first solo trip overseas as first lady, Melania Trump wants to promote her "Be Best" campaign and highlight women's and children's health.

President Barack Obama and his family toured the site in 2009.

The most surprising fashion repeat however was in March 2017, when Melania wore the same $3,000 Valentino dress two days in a row - first modeling it in the Oval Office, while supporting her husband as he signed a new bill aimed at encouraging women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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A tour guide told Mrs Trump the story of the castle and how the slaves were treated and traded off.

The U.S. first lady spent almost an hour on a guided tour of the 17th-century castle, which originally was built by the Swedes for the trading of timber and gold but eventually became a warehouse for slaves shipped to the New World. "The dungeons that I saw, it's really something that people should see and experience, and what happened so many years ago - it's really a tragedy". She adds that the castle is a "special place".

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The former model did not make a speech but those who met her said afterwards that unlike her mysterious public image she was "warm" and "gentle" in the flesh.

Melania did make one change to the look however; having chosen to pop the collar of the jacket for her visit to the military base past year, the first lady opted to wear it down in a more conservative style while touring the castle.

In June, she made a surprise visit to Texas to visit detained children at the Mexican border, wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care". The two first met last week in NY at a reception on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where Mrs. Trump spoke about her upcoming trip.

Trump also plans to visit Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

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