Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris whose trip to Cape Coast as part of her Ghana visit was a bittersweet moment has described her meeting with the Chief of Cape Coast as an honor.
Harris who later visited the Cape Coast Castle along with the First Gentleman, Doug Emhoff were seen in shots cleaning up the tears after listening to the horrific incidents that took place in the dungeons.
Speaking to the press after the emotional tour which saw them walk past a plague unveiled by Barack and Michelle Obama in 2009 underscored the need for the stories of the slave trade to be told as often as possible.
“The horror of what happened here must always be remembered,” she said in her emotional speech. “It cannot be denied. It must be taught. History must be learned.”
“All of us, regardless of our background, have benefitted from their fight for freedom and justice,” she said.
In a series of tweet on Wednesday after leaving Ghana to continue her three-nation tour, the first female Vice-President of the United States said meeting the Omanhene of the Ogua Traditional area was a privilege.
“It was an honor to meet Chief Osabarima Kwesi Atta II as part of my visit to Cape Coast, Ghana,” she tweeted along with a photo of the two embracing as her husband looks on.
It was an honor to meet Chief Osabarima Kwesi Atta II as part of my visit to Cape Coast, Ghana. pic.twitter.com/t1L7x8JiXW
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 29, 2023
The 83-year-old Chief during his remarks at the historic asked the United States to appoint a liason between Cape Coast and the White House to help them in undertaking development projects.
He also gave the Vice-President a headstart prior to her visit to the Cape Coast Catle and mentioned a number of US officials who had paid visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site.
“I have intentionally not talked about the castle which I know you’re going to visit. Over the years we’ve had President Obama and the wife visiting the castle, we’ve had the wife of President Trump, we’ve had Pelosi and now it’s your turn.
“When you go there, and you carefully look around, you’ll ask yourself so many questions. Why should anybody treat anybody the way our ancestors were treated and this gives a lot of thought but we’re not in those days now,” he indicated.