White Chapel, Black Hole

Human excrement paves the dungeon floors at Cape Coast Castle. The same is true of other slave forts dotting Ghana's coast, and along the rest of West Africa. The impacted waste is one of the more subtle, more stirring features of a tour through those high limestone walls. The cannons are there and stacks of … Continue reading White Chapel, Black Hole

Speaking of Statues

Atop the U.S. Capitol Dome stands a 19 ½-foot, 15,000-lb bronze woman in a classical Roman chiton. Workers hoisted her up there in five pieces, completing her installation in December 1863. Not a good year for national unity. She's unusual for her era. "Armed Freedom," as she's known, bears a sword and wears a helmet at … Continue reading Speaking of Statues