Processes of globalization have led to diasporic groups longing for their homelands. One such group includes descendants from African ancestors displaced by the trans-Atlantic slave trade, who may be uncertain about their families' exact origins. Traveling home often means visiting African sites associated with the slave trade, journeys full of expectations. The remembrance of the slave trade and pilgrimages to these heritage sites bear resemblance to other diasporic travels that center on trauma, identification, and redemption. Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork with both diaspora Africans and Ghanaians, this book explores why and how Ghana has been cast as a pilgrimage destination for people of African descent, especially African Americans. Grounding her research in Ghana’s Central Region where slavery heritage tourism and political ideas promoting incorporation into one African family are prominent, Reed also discusses the perspectives of ordinary Ghanaians, tourism stakeholders, and diasporan "repatriates." Providing ethnographic insight into the transnational networks of people and ideas entangled in Ghana’s pilgrimage tourism, this book also contributes to better understanding the broader global phenomenon of diasporic travel to homeland centers.

chapter 1|29 pages

Slavery Heritage and the Call to Home

Diasporan Travel to Ghana

chapter 3|29 pages

Culture Brokers at the Front Lines

Tour Guides at Cape Coast and Elmina Castles Interpret the Slave Story

chapter 4|38 pages

Visitors' Perspectives at Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle

Slave Trade Memoryscapes and Ideoscapes

chapter 5|19 pages

The Performance of Public Discourse

Slavery Heritage and the One Africa Ideoscape

chapter 6|31 pages

Foreigner or Family?

Ghanaian Interpretations of the One Africa Ideoscape