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The MMG Foundation will be starting a petition to grant The RT. Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey a Posthumous Presidential Pardon.

Marcus Garvey was wrongfully convicted by a U.S. court of mail fraud, a conviction that stalled his movement for racial justice, social progress and economic independence for all peoples of the African Diaspora.

To redress this wrong, a request for a posthumous presidential pardon has been filed by the descendants of Marcus Garvey with the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Counsel’s Office. This pardon request urges consideration of Garvey’s unjust arrest, trial and incarceration in 1923.

There is an old edifice not well known to many, including even those who were born in its vicinity. It is situated about a mile south of the main buildings of the Christiansborg Castle (built 1661).

The edifice is described by the locals as a 'slave market'. Historians call the area, Danish Osu with the Christiansburg Castle, its most dominant feature. The locals call the area of this facility by its slavery origins, 'Awusai Atso' (Quarters of the Families).

A thick stone wall describes a square or rectangular structure bounded on the outside by high walls and the front by a high wall and a huge gate. The inside of the gate reveals a courtyard surrounded by short low buildings that could have originally been holding bays or barracoons for captives. Fifty yards to the west of the gate was a well that was capped and filled in, in recent years and has almost disappeared from view. It was said to provide water for the slaves to wash before the auctions. Its relationship to the Castle is marked by a straight pathway from the facility to the Castle.

The MMG Foundation (Ghana) intends to research and publish the story of this edifice with the hope of mounting an international campaign to restore it as a major tourist and diaspora site in the capital city.

INTRODUCTION: Fort Good Hope is one of the many ancient forts and castles that inhabit the coast of Ghana. It was built by the Dutch between 1703 and 1705 and served as a trading centre in gold and ivory, and later, slaves. It remains intact to this day, containing a ‘palava hall’ (meeting hall), below ground water storage well, two dungeons, a forecourt with tombs, a tunnel/passage way to the beach and a parapet with light cannon and musketry capacity.

THE PROBLEM: This Fort is not locally and internationally as visible and popular as Cape Coast or Elmina Castles, for example; because the main Accra - Cape Coast Highway bypasses the Fort by a distance of some 20 kilometers. The town of Senya Bereku where it is situated is not known for any special products or large festivals and the closest road that serves it is the small road/ bypass to Winneba that is often not motorable, especially during the rainy season. This means that the Ministry of Tourism and the government agencies under various Ghana governments have not been able to monetize the potentials of the Fort in order for it to pay for its maintenance.

BY: EMMANUEL KWAKU SENAH